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Facebook-owned WhatsApp hits 2 billion users mark

San Francisco, United States | AFP |  The Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp said Wednesday it now has more than two billion users around the world, as it reaffirmed its stand on the need for strong encryption to protect privacy. WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook in 2014, has grown into one of …

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WhatsApp becomes battleground in Mali’s jihad conflict

Bamako, Mali | AFP |  A digital war is unfolding in Mali alongside a jihadist conflict that has claimed thousands of lives: the battle to sway young minds is being waged on the mobile phone. “Jihadists today are recruiting on WhatsApp. We have to stop the bloodshed,” said Hama Cisse, a …

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COMMENT: WhatsApp tax and democracy

How progressive is Uganda’s tax code for an economy that has been hurting since 2016? COMMENT | MORRISON RWAKAKAMBA |  As we approach the 2018/2019 Financial Year and the statecraft colour that comes with it – the State of the Nation address and reading of the national budget; the dress rehearsals …

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THIS WEEK: Museveni proposes tax on WhatsApp, Facebook

THIS WEEK: Museveni proposes tax on WhatsApp, Facebook Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Museveni has directed the Ministry of Finance to introduce taxes on social media platforms – WhatsApp and Facebook as a way of raising revenue. In a letter to the Finance Minister, the President expressed concern at …

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France orders WhatsApp to seek permission for data transfer

Paris, France | AFP | France’s data protection agency on Monday told messaging app WhatsApp it needs to obtain users’ permission to transfer some information to its parent company Facebook and gave it a month to comply. “Should WhatsApp fail to comply with the formal notice within the specified timescale” the …

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China disrupts WhatsApp ahead of Communist meeting

Beijing, China | AFP |  Chinese authorities appear to have severely disrupted the WhatsApp messaging app in the latest step to tighten censorship as they prepare for a major Communist Party congress next month. Users in China have reported widespread disruptions in recent days to the Facebook-owned service, which previously …

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