Google pulls Element’s Android chat app over content it doesn’t control

Google is once again coming under fire for its less-than-forgiving approach (real or perceived) to federated Android apps. According to Android Police, Google has pulled Element’s federated…

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WhatsApp uses Stories to try and assuage users’ privacy fears

WhatsApp really, really wants to keep you from jumping to a rival chat service over its controversial new privacy policy, and it’s using some of its built-in…

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Signal recovers from a day-long service outage

Signal has learned first-hand that there really can be too much of a good thing. As Android Police reports, Signal has recovered from an outage that plagued…

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Senator asks social networks, carriers to preserve evidence from Capitol riot

Tech companies are under pressure to support officials investigating the Capitol Hill riot. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia has sent letters to eleven tech companies urging them…

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WhatsApp set an all-time record for calls on New Year’s Eve

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many to have virtual New Year’s Eve get-togethers, and that’s very clearly reflected in WhatsApp’s numbers. Facebook’s chat app set a record as…

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Steam’s profanity filters put you in control of chat content

Steam’s latest feature allows you to tweak your chat settings to obscure profanity, slurs and any other words you don’t want to see while using the platform….

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Judge blocks US ban on WeChat app downloads

TikTok isn’t alone in avoiding a US ban, at least for now. Reuters reports that Judge Laurel Beeler has issued a preliminary injunction blocking a Commerce Department…

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WeChat user alliance sues Trump administration over threatened ban

TikTok isn’t the only one suing the Trump administration over an executive order that could ban an app in the US. The Financial Times reports that the…

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Instagram starts merging chats with Facebook Messenger

Facebook seems to be acting on its plan to unify messaging across its apps, however slowly. People at The Verge (and likely elsewhere) have received notice through…

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Discord shuts down major ‘Boogaloo’ server over threats of violence

Discord is joining the ranks of social internet companies cracking down on “Boogaloo” groups. The chat service has confirmed to Vice News that it shut down one…

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