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Facebook-owned private messaging platform WhatsApp on Wednesday strongly defended its end-to-end encryption feature even as it announced that the app now supports over two billion users globally.
With over 400 million users, India is WhatsApp’s biggest market.
“We know that the more we connect, the more we have to protect. As we conduct more of our lives online, protecting our conversations is more important than ever. That is why every private message sent using WhatsApp is secured with end-to-end encryption by default,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.
“Strong encryption acts like an unbreakable digital lock that keeps the information you send over WhatsApp secure, helping protect you from hackers and criminals. Messages are only kept on your phone, and no one in between can read your messages or listen to your calls, not even us. Your private conversations stay between you,” said the blog post.
With the end-to-end encryption feature, only the sender and receiver of a message can see the content. Others, including WhatsApp itself, cannot view the content.
While this feature increases user privacy, it has also attracted criticism from policy makers and law enforcement agencies as it makes it hard for them to trace the origin of a message.
Countries like India has stressed on the traceability of messages as rumours spread on the platform has been linked to dozens of deaths in the past.
“Strong encryption is a necessity in modern life. We will not compromise on security because that would make people less safe,” WhatsApp said.
“For even more protection, we work with top security experts, employ industry leading technology to stop misuse, as well as provide controls and ways to report issues without sacrificing privacy,” it added. (IANS)
Jim Peebles speaking at the Nobel Prize banquet in 2019 Image credit: CNN
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What it's like to win a Nobel PrizeFew Nobel winners can honestly say their lives weren't changed when they received the phone call.As long as they believe it, that is. "These days you get these cold calls, and I thought this is another one of them," Abdulrazak Gurnah, the winner of this year's literature prize, told the BBC on Thursday."This guy said, 'Hello, you have won the Nobel Prize for Literature,' And I said, 'come on, get out of here. Leave me alone,'" Gurnah said. "He talked me out of that, and gradually persuaded me."Winners often can't be contacted at all, leaving them to find out about their wins from the news, their family, or even their next-door neighbors.
Nobel Peace Prize winners Ressa and Muratov Image source: CNNEconomist Paul Milgrom was woken in the middle of the night in California by his colleague Robert Wilson banging on his front door. "Paul, it's Bob Wilson. You've won the Nobel Prize," he shouted into the intercom. "Yeah, I have? Wow," an utterly confused Milgrom responded, in an exchange captured by a doorbell camera.
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