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Use Any App But Stay Away From WhatsApp, Pavel Durov Warns Users

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Telegram founder Pavel Durov said that WhatsApp has been a surveillance tool for 13 years, and asked users to stay away from it.

Founder of the instant messaging service Telegram, Pavel Durov, said in his Telegram channel that WhatsApp has been a surveillance tool for 13 years and people should stay away from the messaging app. He said that every year there is an issue with WhatsApp that puts its users’ data at risk.

“I’m not pushing people to switch to Telegram here. With 700M+ active users and 2M+ daily signups, Telegram doesn’t need additional promotion. You can use any messaging app you like, but do stay away from WhatsApp – it has now been a surveillance tool for 13 years,” said Durov in his channel.

He said that hackers could have full access to everything on the phones of WhatsApp users because of a security issue that the platform disclosed last week. All a hacker needs to do to get access to all the data on one’s phone is to send a malicious video or start a video call.

Durov said that if one thinks that updating WhatsApp to the latest version would render their data safe, that’s not really the case. He added that a similar issue was discovered in 2017, and 2018, and then in 2019 and then again in 2020. Before 2016, WhatsApp didn’t have end-to-end encryption, Durov pointed out.

“Every year, we learn about some issue in WhatsApp that puts everything on their users’ devices at risk. Which means it’s almost certain that a new security flaw already exists there. Such issues are hardly incidental – they are planted backdoors. If one backdoor is discovered and has to be removed, another one is added,” he said.

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Uhuru Kenyatta Back On Twitter, Facebook Three Years After Trolls Forced Him Out

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Former President Uhuru Kenyatta is back on social media after his sudden exit three years ago.
Mr Kenyatta is now back on an official account @4thPresidentKE, which is now available on both Facebook and Twitter platforms.

In March 2019, Mr Kenyatta’s Twitter and Facebook pages were abruptly deactivated in what his then Chief of staff Nzioka Waita claimed was to allow for the remedial recovery measures to be undertaken.

“On account of unauthorized access to the official social media handles of H.E the President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, all official social media handles for the President have been temporarily suspended to allow for the necessary remedial measures to be undertaken,” Mr Waita said.

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Even so, in November 2020, Uhuru opened up about his social media exit, noting that trolls had forced him out.

Mr Kenyatta was also a victim of online bullies.

“You see I left Twitter and other social media sites because I saw they are full of insults and nothing constructive. You sit there reading the comments instead of sleeping. ‘Oh, what have they said?” he said.

“They make calls asking people to see how the trolls have attacked. I would rather sleep or talk to my wife,” he added.

Meanwhile, Singer, Esther Akoth better known by her stage name as Akothee, has threatened to sue blogs that use the content she shares on social media in a malicious manner.

The mother of five has indicated that she will sue blogs for Sh300 million for using her content. The singer claims that blogs would rather highlight sensational events in her life than promote her business.

The singer who recently reconciled with the Sister Cebbie while appreciating the role the news and entertainment blogs play in society, said some of the outlets had turned to tarnishing the names of celebrities.

“To All Kenyan bloggers, this is your last day of posting rubbish about my brand, tarnishing my name for your own gain. You will be forced to pay a penalty of Sh 300 million if you post anything malicious about my brand. I don’t need you, you need my content, period. Wacheni kunipost sitaki (don’t post me),” she decried.

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Is Twitter Shutting Down? Find Out Here

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Twitter office buildings will be temporarily closed until Monday and employees will have no access inside, reports the BBC, and this has resulted in many thinking the platform is “shutting down”, while others are under the assumption that it is “ending” in 2022.

Twitter has gone through a number of changes since it was purchased by Elon Musk, and if reports are to be believed, a number of its employees have voiced their opinions against the new rules.

Elon himself has been vocal about his desire to bring about more changes to his newly-bought platform, but there is no indication of the service coming to an end altogether despite growing concerns.

*USERS THINK TWITTER IS ‘SHUTTING DOWN’*

While neither Elon nor Twitter’s employees have confirmed these rumors, users can’t stop thinking what they would do if Twitter were to shut down. This stems from reports that their offices are being temporarily closed.

The #RIPTwitter trend further added to people’s concern, with many, before checking the facts, believing that Twitter’s service would end tomorrow.

Being the troll that he is, Elon also joined the trend by sharing a meme on his verified account, which shows the Twitter logo on a tombstone, jokingly implying that the platform is dead.

However, in a contradicting Tweet, the billionaire shared: “We just hit another all-time high in Twitter usage lol”

*MEMES ABOUT PLATFORM ‘GOING DOWN’ ARE HILARIOUS*

Just like Elon, people have come up with their own version of memes in reaction to raising concerns about Twitter ‘shutting down’ for good.

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