The Denver Post : 2019-02-11

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FEATURES 10B» 6 B B MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019 DENVERPOST.COM THE DENVER POST Facebook is calling it “Remove for Everyone,” and it’s a new feature that Technically Speaking: the social media giant began rolling out Tuesday. The feature will let you delete a message sent from the Messenger app — and this time, the message New Facebook feature lets you unse ndm essages really will be erased from the app of the person you have sent it to. Messenger has had a delete function for some time, but function only removed the message from the app of the person who sent the missive. Now, users will have the choice of either deleting it just for themselves, or for — San Jose Mercury News the person or persons receiving the message. WhatsApp clamps down on rumors A cap on forwarding messages aims to limit viral misinformation By Hamza Shaban The Washington Post Over the past two years, at least two dozen people in India have been killed in violent mobs incited by rumors on WhatsApp, the global messaging service with 1.5 billion users. The Facebook-owned app has also played host to disinformation campaigns in several other countries, a recent report found, including in Brazil, Pakistan and Mexico. And unlike disruptive campaigns on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, the messages on WhatsApp are private and encrypted, traveling from person to person and to larger groups with fewer ways for the company or outside experts to see where inflammatory messages originate. In an attempt to combat the viral spread of false information, WhatsApp is limiting the number of times a user can forward a message, to five. The new global limit comes after the company tested a cap on forwarded messages in July, restricting users in India to five message forwards and all other users to 20 forwards. India is home to the highest number of forwarded messages, photos and videos, WhatsApp says. The previous limit set in the country came after a surge in mob violence fueled by rumors on the app. In an updated blog post in January, WhatsApp said it evaluated the test restrictions over the past six months and found that the cap “significantly reduced forwarded messages around the world.” “Starting today, all users on the latest versions of WhatsApp can now forward to only five chats at once, which will help keep WhatsApp focused on private messaging with close contacts,” the company said. “We’ll continue to listen to user feedback about their experience, and over time, look for new ways of addressing viral content.” The change in policy is the latest effort by tech giants to curb the spread of misinformation. But it also highlights the challenges particular to WhatsApp, whose messaging system is designed to be obscured from public view. By messaging groups, which can be as large as 256 people, WhatsApp users can share misleading stories or memes instantly. Newest, smartest gadgets are the nosiest By Rachel Lerman and Joseph Pisani In January, The Intercept reported that Ring, a securitycamera company owned by Amazon, gave a variety of employees and executives access to recorded and sometimes live video footage from customers’ homes. Our data-driven age now forces you to weigh the usefulness of a smart mirror against the risk that strangers might be watching you in your bathroom. Even if a company has your privacy in mind, things can go wrong: Hackers can break in and access sensitive data, or your ex might hold onto a video feed long after you’ve broken up. “It’s not like all these technologies are inherently bad,” said Franziska Roesner, a University of Washington computer security and privacy researcher. But she said the industry is still trying to figure out the right balance between providing useful services and protecting people’s privacy in the process. The Associated Press LAS V E GAS» Many of the hottest new gadgets are also the nosiest ones. January’s CES tech show in Las Vegas was a showcase for cameras that livestream the living room, bathroom mirrors that offer beauty tips, and gizmos that track the heartbeats of unborn children. All will collect some kind of data about their users, whether photos or monitor readings; how well they’ll protect it and what exactly they plan to do with it are the important and often unanswered questions. These features can be useful — or at least fun — but they all open the door for companies and their workers to peek into your private life. Amazon’s video feeds Like other security devices, Ring cameras can be mounted outside the front door or inside the home; a phone app lets you see who’s there. But the Intercept said the Amazon-owned company was also allowing some high-level engineers in the U.S. to view customers’ video feeds, while others in the Ukraine office could view and download any customer video file. In a statement, Ring said some Amazon employees have access to videos that are publicly shared The new Door View Cam is on display at the Ring booth before CES International in Las Vegas in January. Associated Press file GADGET 9B »

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