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Here's what will happen if you don't accept WhatsApp's new privacy policy

Here's what will happen if you don't accept WhatsApp's new privacy policy

WhatsApp's has had a few eventful months following the introduction of an updated privacy policy back in January. The Facebook-owned messaging service went into damage control mode soon after receiving criticism and even pushed back the acceptance deadline. It also didn't go over well with the government of India, and more recently, Germany moved to ban the update. WhatsApp is still sticking to its guns and is enforcing its deadline. In case you were wondering, here's what will happen if you don't accept the new terms of service.

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Germany just banned WhatsApp's new privacy policy, and all of the EU might be next

Germany just banned WhatsApp's new privacy policy, and all of the EU might be next

WhatsApp's controversial new privacy policy is slated to go into effect on May 15 worldwide — except for in Germany. The country has been scrutinizing the new WhatsApp privacy policy since mid-April, and a data regulation body finally decided to enforce a ban on the revision using procedures introduced with the European GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

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Facebook's new couples app keeps things between you, your partner, and Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook's new couples app keeps things between you, your partner, and Mark Zuckerberg

The New Product Experiments team at Facebook is a way for the company to try out new apps and services without the, um, complication of actually attaching Facebook to them. For example, its latest app is Tuned, a platform designed specifically for couples. Yeah, that's a pass from me.

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Facebook Messenger becomes the third non-Google app to reach 5 billion installs on the Play Store

Facebook Messenger becomes the third non-Google app to reach 5 billion installs on the Play Store

With the popularity of Android, plenty of applications have managed to cross over the one billion installs threshold on the Play Store. It's a lot more selective in the five billion-plus club, which only two non-Google apps have ever succeeded in joining. You can finally bump that count up to three, as Facebook Messenger achieved a new milestone for installs just this week.

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WhatsApp will progressively kill features until users accept new privacy policy

WhatsApp will progressively kill features until users accept new privacy policy

WhatsApp didn't start the year on a very good note as it almost instantly entangled itself in a controversy when it rolled out a new privacy policy. While the company had to push back the initial deadline to May 15, a new report suggests WhatsApp is scrapping the deadline altogether, but not without severe consequences for those who don't agree to the new policy.

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Signal and Facebook embroiled in very public squabble about Instagram ads

Signal and Facebook embroiled in very public squabble about Instagram ads

When there was a public outcry regarding WhatsApp's change of privacy policy, Signal made most of the opportunity to push its privacy-focused messaging service. Now, the company is taking a dig at Facebook's behavior of commodifying troves of data about its users with hilarious Instagram ads. Signal claims the ads were rejected and its ad account was disabled although Facebook denies this and calls it a stunt. Go grab some popcorn.

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Don't expect Facebook Messenger or Instagram Direct to add end-to-end encryption anytime soon

Don't expect Facebook Messenger or Instagram Direct to add end-to-end encryption anytime soon

End-to-end encrypted conversations aren't just for whistleblowers and government officials. These days, more users than ever before are aware of how vital it is to keep conversations away from prying eyes. Apps like Signal and Telegram gained huge new followings earlier this year after WhatsApp botched a privacy policy update, calling attention to the importance of implementing extra security for communication tools. Today, Facebook recommitted to bringing end-to-end encryption to both Messenger and Instagram Direct, but it could take longer than some users are willing to wait.

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Spotify is about to get all up in your Facebook app

Spotify is about to get all up in your Facebook app

Spotify and Facebook are two of the biggest players in the mobile software market. But being a streaming music platform and a tool for the slow, screaming destruction of civil society (respectively), they don't have a lot of crossover. That's about to end. This morning Spotify announced that it's going to allow its users to listen to Spotify music and podcasts via a mini-player directly in the Facebook app on Android and iOS.

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After successfully copying Snapchat Stories, Facebook is setting its sights on Clubhouse next

After successfully copying Snapchat Stories, Facebook is setting its sights on Clubhouse next

The audio-only discussion/public forum platform Clubhouse is the hottest social media trend of the year, and Facebook doesn't want to be left out. The social network has announced a slew of audio features, including a podcast platform, a "Soundbites" audio creation tool for short audio content, and "Live Audio Rooms" for joining Clubhouse-like talks.

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