whatsapp

Social Media

Who’s Afraid of TikTok?

The interim ban by the Indian Supreme Court has led to the removal of the Chinese app from Google Play and Apple stores. But digital activists say the move might be reducing India to a “nanny state”.
Pallavi Pundir
4.18.19
misinformation

WhatsApp Launches a Tip Line for Misinformation in India Ahead of Elections

WhatsApp has been struggling to address misinformation and rumors on its app without compromising security. “Checkpoint Tipline” gives users in India an opt-in option to submit rumors for fact-checking.
Caroline Haskins
4.2.19
TOYS

Meet ‘The Godfather’ of India’s Hot Wheels Collectors

This is serious business.
Parthshri Arora
2.12.19
Hacking

You Can Now Get $1 Million for Hacking WhatsApp and iMessage

Companies that buy and sell exploits, or zero-days, are now willing to offer seven figures for hacks that allow spies and cops to steal WhatsApp, iMessage and other chat app messages.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.8.19
marriage

The WhatsApp Group Fighting Virginity Tests in India

Newly-married women in the Kanjarbhat community must submit to a humiliating test to prove their chastity. Members of Stop The V-Ritual say it's time for the practice to end.
Payal Mohta
12.5.18
crypto

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: We’re Very Committed to Encryption in WhatsApp

During a Senate hearing, Sandberg said Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, is still using end-to-end encryption, but did leave room for potential changes.
Joseph Cox
9.6.18
Think Pieces

BRB Texting, It’s All About Voice Notes Now

If you want to get close to someone, send them a voice note, maybe you can get stuck inside of their head.
Annie Lord
7.12.18
Jan Koum

WhatsApp Co-Founder Will Leave Facebook to Play Ultimate Frisbee

The departure is reportedly due to disagreements with Facebook.
Sophie Kleeman
5.2.18
Facebook

Billionaire Who Sold WhatsApp to Facebook: 'Delete Facebook'

Brian Acton jumps on the #deletefacebook Twitter wagon.
Samantha Cole
3.23.18
LGBTQ

Indonesia Wants to Ban Gay Dating Apps, Again

The country has been trying to block LGBTQ-friendly social networking apps for years. Now, with the help of Google, it may succeed.
Adi Renaldi
2.5.18
Evening Bulletin

KPK Charged, WhatsApp Bows to Pressure, and a Plan for Alexis: The VICE Evening Bulletin

The day's must-know stories, curated by VICE.
VICE Staff
11.8.17
Evening Bulletin

WhatsApp Bans, Dark Money, and a New ISIS 'Emir': The VICE Evening Bulletin

All the stories you were too busy to read, curated by VICE.
VICE Staff
11.6.17
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