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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Category: Software

How do instant messaging applications stand up to the dominance of WhatsApp?

Quite a few applications that provide instant messaging services have seized a piece of the share of WhatsApp owned by Facebook (100 billion messages per day through its platform), as a result of users’ anger at the expected change in WhatsApp policies to deal with data privacy.

According to a report issued by the Statista research institution, the number of active WhatsApp service users reached two billion per month in January, despite the loss of the service to millions of users after announcing the intention to change privacy policies and data management.

After the users sparked a wave of outrage, WhatsApp withdrew from applying the amendment last February, and it was postponed to this May, specifically May 15, that is, next Saturday.

WhatsApp alone holds a 30% share of the global instant messaging services market, and it dominates the largest share in 93 countries at the level of Android users’ phones.

The service recently clarified a simple modification in the procedures it will take with non-acceptors to amend its new policies. After it promised that accounts of non-conformers would be suspended immediately on May 15th, the service retreated and explained that those accounts will gradually lose the benefits of its services, in order to give their owners a greater opportunity to change their thinking. And approval of the amendments.

Telegram
The encrypted messaging service Telegram has achieved remarkable growth in the number of users since the beginning of this year, and the service has reached third place in the world in the list of the most used messaging services on the Android operating system at the end of last March.

The service has achieved wide reach in 11 countries around the world, including Egypt, Armenia, Lithuania, and Venezuela.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger comes second in the global instant messaging market, according to a SimilarWeb report on the market situation at the end of last March.

Messenger has dominated users in a group of countries, led by the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, and Sweden.

Until the end of last March, Messenger succeeded in maintaining its third position in the list of the most popular apps with active monthly users. Facebook and WhatsApp snapped first and second places, according to what Social Media Today reported on the App Annie Research Foundation report.

According to a report by the Statista for Statistical Research, the total number of active monthly users of Messenger reached 1.3 billion users in January.

Correct use of the “Clubhouse app” … an opportunity for self-affirmation

The Clubhouse application is one of the latest social networks that has been very popular on the Internet in the recent period, and since its beta release on iOS and its endorsement by world-famous people, millions of smartphone and Internet users are flocking to access it, and in just a few weeks, the “Clubhouse” jumped, Which allows members to host and join voice chat rooms, from 600,000 to 100 million daily active users, including the world’s top thought leaders.

In light of the growing awareness of the “Clubhouse” application and its popularity that is increasing day after day, many brands interested in building communities are more curious about how to use them in their marketing strategies, but because Clubhouse is still not available to users of other systems such as Android, many marketers are logging in for the first time now.

Correct use of Clubhouse app
The chat room on the Clubhouse app is just like a conference call, but with some people in the call chatting, most of them listening to it, and as soon as the conversation ends the room is closed unlike Twitch; The videos that are streamed live remain on the platform for people to come back and watch.

At first, once you download and open the application, you will be prompted to choose the people or topics you want to follow and depending on what you choose and who you choose, you can scroll through the list of current and upcoming discussions, and you will be able to see the chat rooms hosted by all the different users; It contains titles, brief descriptions of topics, names and profiles of moderators, and you don’t have to wait hours in line to get to your industry, so if you see another discussion that catches your eye, you can just leave and move on to the next conversation.

Facebook is considering launching a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13

After launching a copy of the Messenger Kids program to chat with children, the social network “Facebook” intends to launch a version of the Instagram application for children under the age of 13 years, with the aim of using it safely for the first time.

The social network, Facebook, is considering launching a version of the Instagram photo-sharing app for children under the age of 13. “I am pleased to announce that from now on we have made working with young people a priority for Instagram and have added them to our list of H1 priorities,” BuzzFeed News, a technology-focused website, quoted Vishal Shah, deputy product manager at Instagram, as saying in a message on the company’s intranet.

Shah added, “We will build a new pillar for youth within the community product portfolio to focus on two things: the first is to accelerate integrity and privacy work to ensure the best possible experience for teens and the second to launch a version of Instagram that allows people under the age of 13 to use Instagram safely for the first time.” It is reported that children under the age of 13 cannot use the Instagram application.

Telegram launches new features to compete with “Clubhouse”

The instant communication service “Telegram” launched a new platform for voice chats “Voice Chats 2.0”, with updates and unique features, to be able to compete with the rising voice service ClubHouse, as well as the Twitter service “Spaces”.

The second generation of the audio platform comes with a new set of advantages, which is the ability to open voice discussions within “channels” and groups, with an unlimited number of participants. Group and channel founders and supervisors can also record live discussions to share or post later.

Telegram also borrowed a feature from “Club House”, which is to organize live audio discussions, by asking participants to request the word by “raising a hand”, to be authorized by the supervisors.

The new update also allows for separate invitation links to be created for attendees and speakers in audio discussions. And it became easy to change the title of the audio discussions so that the participants could know their topics.

Capable of stealing data and images .. Warning from a “dangerous application”

Android phone users are facing a warning about a “very dangerous” application that has been downloaded more than 100 million times so far, due to its hiding malicious spyware and its involvement in breaching the data of millions of users.

The American “Forbes” magazine, in a report, warned of “VPN” applications, especially free ones, and the “Super VPN” application in particular.

The company responsible for the “VPN Pro” application said, “More than 105 million people may have their credit card details stolen, and their photos and videos are sold over the Internet and record their private conversations” because of those applications, pointing out that they are (the applications). “It allows hackers to intercept communications between the user and the provider, and even redirect users to a malicious hacker server.”

VPN applications, which are banned in several countries, aim to create a “path” between your device and the Internet and direct your traffic through a server to hide your location and activity on the Internet. These applications have become more common in recent years.

On Friday, the CyberNews team warned that “a user of a popular hacker forum is selling 3 databases that allegedly contain user credentials and their device data, from three different VPN services.”

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