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New WhatsApp policies: No privacy of data!

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Srinagar, Jan 08: Facebook has slowly owned the major social media running applications and one of them is WhatsApp. WhatsApp has been sending an in-app notification about its new updated terms of service and privacy policy,. The popup is an informing message about the changes made in the policy of the instant messaging platform.


Android and iOS users got the notification on Tuesday also many received it on Wednesday. After the notification, WhatsApp started trending on the microblogging site Twitter.

The update policies have added new sections about Transactions and Payments Data as well as Location Information is also added.


The updation has also made it clear that information and data can be collected and shared with Facebook companies. These updates being brought in is a change in the way the platform would process the user data. WhatsApp ‘updates’ privacy policy to share user data with Facebook, Elon Musk says ‘use’ Signal instead. As the details are scarier.

There is no doubt that WhatsApp has entered in a way that no other messaging app has managed to increased over the years. Probably, this time WhatsApp has gone a bit too far, taking users for granted. It is claiming to collect more data than before including battery level, signal strength, app version, and identifiers unique to Facebook Companies. All of these can be used by not just WhatsApp but also by Facebook companies. And, we know that the platforms have been prone to hacks and data leaks in the past.


The updated privacy policy and terms of service would be implemented on February 8, and by then, users would have to accept these conditions to be able to continue using the instant messaging platform.

Users who choose to not accept these changes would not be able to use WhatsApp come February 8. Those users who choose not to give the platform access to such additional information won’t be able to access WhatsApp. It is said that there are more private Signal to use for our chatting and sharing stuff like Telegram, hike, etc.

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Afghanistan: 37 killed, over 70 injured as blast hits Shia mosque in Kandahar

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(Asian News Hub) – Suicide bombers assaulted a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan that was packed with worshippers attending weekly Friday prayers, killing at least 37 people and wounding more than 70, Associated Press reported quoting hospital official and an eyewitness.

The attack on the Imam Barga mosque came a week after a bombing claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate killed 46 people at a Shiite mosque in northern Afghanistan.

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Murtaza, an eye-witness who like many Afghans goes by one name, said four suicide bombers attacked the mosque. Two detonated their explosives at a security gate, allowing the other two to run inside and strike the congregation of worshippers.

Speaking to The Associated Press by phone, he said Friday prayers are typically attended by around 500 people.

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At least 20 killed, over 300 injured in an earthquake in Pakistan

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(Asian News Hub) – At least 20 people were killed and over 300 others injured after a powerful 5.9 earthquake struck Pakistan’s Balochistan province early on Thursday, October 7, 2021, according to PTI quoting media reports.

Disaster management officials said the death toll may increase, Geo News reported.

According to the seismological centre, the epicentre was located near Harnai at a depth of 15 km.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said many of the dead were women and children.

The quake affected Quetta, Sibi, Harnai, Pishin, Qila Saifullah, Chaman, Ziarat and Zhob in Balochistan.

Images on social media showed people in the city of Quetta out on the streets in the aftermath of the quake, Dawn newspaper reported.

Aftershocks are still being felt in different areas. The earliest tremors were felt at 3:20 am after which panicked citizens rushed out of their houses reciting verses from the holy Quran. Relief and rescue activities are underway, with an emergency declared in all hospitals.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Harnai Sohail Anwar Hashmi, several people have been rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

He said that several buildings in Harnai have been damaged. Many people were left buried under the rubble.

The power supply to the area has been suspended, he said.

According to the rescue sources, more than 70 houses were reported damaged in Harnai.

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World surpasses 5M COVID-19 deaths

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(Asian News Hub) – The coronavirus death toll around the world surpassed 5 million on Friday, according to Reuters’s tally.

Around the world, an average of 8,000 deaths a day were reported, according to the outlet. However, it noted that the global death rate has slowed in recent weeks.

Reuters reported that it took over a year to accumulate 2.5 million deaths, but it took under eight months to accumulate the second 2.5 million deaths.

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