Breaking Up Facebook ‘Won’t Be Enough,’ Says Morgan Stanley Boss. Here’s His Proposal.

New York City’s just-concluded “blockchain week” was palpably more subdued than it has been in years past. (Or maybe I was just not invited back to the parties after my 2018 travelogue.) In any case, I took a brief break from the madness of the Fortune 500 issue close to drop by the Consensus conference, […]

Cyber Saturday—Facebook Data Ownership, WhatsApp Phone Hack, ‘Blockchain Week’

New York City’s just-concluded “blockchain week” was palpably more subdued than it has been in years past. (Or maybe I was just not invited back to the parties after my 2018 travelogue.) In any case, I took a brief break from the madness of the Fortune 500 issue close to drop by the Consensus conference, […]

You’ve Got a WhatsApp Notification: You May Have Been Hacked

WhatsApp pressed users to update its messaging service, following a report that a vulnerability in the software allowed attackers to hack into people’s phones using commercial Israeli spyware. The chat app, owned by Facebook Inc., said it had discovered a vulnerability in early May that could enable attackers to insert and execute code on mobile […]

House Oversight Committee Investigating Jared Kushner’s Use of WhatsApp for Foreign Communications

House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings gave the White House until early April to voluntarily deliver documents in relation to presidential adviser Jared Kushner’s use of personal messaging applications like WhatsApp for official business. In a letter to the White House, Cummings said Thursday that the Trump administration has failed to provide the documentation and […]

WhatsApp Is Testing a Pair of new Features to Stop the Spread of Fake News

WhatsApp is trying get a handle on the ugly side of its platform by testing two new features that could help stop the spread of false information. The Facebook-owned messaging app is currently beta testing an in-app browser, and a reverse image search tool, which pops up in chat and allows people to search to […]

Facebook’s Press for Privacy Pushes out Chief Product Officer Chris Cox

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, and WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels, will be leaving the company, marking the latest in a string of executive departures for the embattled social network. Cox’s departure is especially enormous for Facebook, where he was one of the first 15 engineering hires. […]

WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton Repeats Call to Delete Facebook

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton was rejected by Facebook when he applied for a job there in 2009. In 2014, the messaging service sold itself to the social network for $19 billion, making Acton, among others, wildly wealthy. Then he rejected Facebook in 2017 over its plans to monetize WhatsApp. And on Wednesday, Acton–now the head […]

Mark Zuckerberg Promises to Improve Facebook Privacy. Sound Familiar?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a new plan to improve privacy for users of Facebook and his company’s other apps. The social network, which once wanted to make the world more open and connected, now wants to shift focus to encrypted private communications across its messaging services and better protecting user data. But Zuckerberg’s promises […]

Facebook Should Pay Everyone Cryptocurrency

Facebook is undergoing a major transformation–the likes of which haven’t been seen in Menlo Park since since the company reinvented itself for the mobile era. The revamp centers on Facebook’s messenger apps. The tech giant is reportedly in talks with cryptocurrency exchanges to list a Facebook Coin, a messenger-compatible stablecoin pegged to a basket of […]

Mark Zuckerberg: The Future of Social Media Is Private, Encrypted Communication

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released a lengthy statement Wednesday outlining how the company hopes to make communication across Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp a “fundamentally more private experience,” moving toward what he says will be social media’s future. “I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident […]