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WhatsApp Launches First Digital Payments Option

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Facebook on Monday added a digital payments feature to its WhatsApp messaging service, starting in Brazil but with an eye to expanding around the world.

WhatsApp users in Brazil can use the encrypted mobile messaging service to send money or make purchases, Facebook said in a blog post.

It marked the first time the payments platform used at the leading social network was woven into WhatsApp.

People will be able to send money or make a purchase from a local business without leaving their chat, the company noted.

“Payments on WhatsApp are beginning to roll out to people across Brazil beginning today and we look forward to bringing it to everyone as we go forward,” the service said.

Sending money or making payments is a free option for WhatsApp users, but businesses will be charged a processing fee on par with those charged for typically credit card transactions, according to the messaging service.

Facebook sees long-term, money-making potential in making its social network and messaging apps venues for businesses to engage in online conversations and transactions with customers.

“The over 10 million small and micro businesses are the heartbeat of Brazil’s communities,” WhatsApp said.

“It’s become second nature to send a zap to a business to get questions answered.”

Digital payments on WhatsApp will be tied to credit or debit cards to start, and transactions will require special identification codes or fingerprint verification.

WhatsApp is encrypted end-to-end, and is the most popular mobile messaging app in the world with more than 1.5 billion monthly users around the world, according to market tracker Statistica.

AFP

COVID-19: WhatsApp cuts message forwarding to 1 to check misinformation

Katie Paul, Reuters

Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) WhatsApp tightened message forwarding limits on Tuesday, restricting users to sharing forwarded content one chat at a time after a jump in messages touting bogus medical advice since the start of the coronavirus crisis.

The pandemic, which has killed more than 70,000 people worldwide, has been accompanied by what the World Health Organization (WHO) has called an “infodemic” of misinformation, prompting governments and other authorities to urge social media companies to do more to combat the problem.WhatsApp, which has more than 2 billion users worldwide, said in a blog post it made the change after observing a “significant increase” in the number of forwards since the start of the coronavirus crisis.“We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for personal conversation,” the statement said.A WhatsApp spokesman said the new limit was in place indefinitely.The service has been imposing gradual curbs on message forwarding since 2018, after viral rumors on its platform triggered a wave of mass beatings and deaths in India.Since last year, users have been able to forward a message to only five individuals or groups at once, down from an earlier limit of 20. The app also labeled any messages that had been forwarded more than five times.Facebook and Twitter (TWTR.N) have responded to the deluge of inaccurate medical information posted in recent months by barring users from posting misleading information about the coronavirus, including denials of expert guidance and encouragement of fake treatments.But direct content moderation is not possible on WhatsApp, where chats are protected by end-to-end encryption blocking even the app itself from viewing content shared by users.That allows groups of hundreds of people to exchange texts, photos and videos, with no way to monitor the messages’ origin or full reach.WhatsApp said in its blog post that the previous limits set on forwards led to a 25% decrease in such messages.The app also encourages people to flag suspicious content to fact checking organizations and has enabled the WHO and national health authorities to share reliable information about the new coronavirus on the service using automated accounts.

(Reporting by Katie Paul; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

How to activate fingerprint lock on WhatsApp

When it comes to instant messaging, Whatsapp is one among the few highly patronised platforms. And with each passing day, the creators look for ways to keep improving the service with new and exciting features.

Recall earlier this year, they rolled out Touch ID and Face ID for iPhone to provide an extra layer of security for WhatsApp users.

Well, it appears Android users now have a new feature as compensation.

Whatsapp revealed via their blog that it is introducing similar authentication, allowing you to unlock the app with your fingerprint, on supported Android phones.

In order to enable this feature, simply tap Settings > Account > Privacy > Fingerprint lock. Turn on Unlock with fingerprint, and confirm your fingerprint. Voila! You’re good to go!