Whatsapp Outage

Do You Know During Whatsapp Outage, Brazilian Workers Lost Their Jobs??

Luiza Ferreira always confirms her client’s requirement for her services the day before a task via WhatsApp. Ferreira works as a cleaner in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and cleans several residences on a daily basis. If the work is verified, she will not waste money on her commute and will have a guaranteed paycheck for that day. She tries to accommodate another client into her schedule if the job isn’t verified so she doesn’t lose money for the day.

Whatsapp Outage, however, took place on October 4th. For six hours, Facebook’s services, including WhatsApp, were unavailable due to a configuration change in the company’s internal network. Ferreira’s business came to a halt when he was cut off from Brazil’s principal source of communication.

“THAT’S INCOME I CAN’T REALLY GET BACK”

“By the time I switched to SMS instead of WhatsApp, it was too late, and I couldn’t schedule another client for the next day,” Ferreira said in a WhatsApp audio chat with The Verge. “I sent my client a text message, but she didn’t see it. My life was completely affected when Whatsapp Outage.”

The outage only lasted six hours, but it lost Ferriera two days’ worth of wages because she couldn’t book work for the next day. “That’s money I won’t be able to replace,” she says.

In Brazil, the most popular internet platforms are Facebook and WhatsApp, which bridge regional and social divisions. Facebook is used by 59% of the population, and WhatsApp is used by 66%, making the services a form of necessary infrastructure for the country. Professor Rafael Grohmann, the coordinator of the DigiLabour Research Lab at the University of Oxford and a collaborator on the initiative Fairwork, attributed Brazilians’ use of WhatsApp over text messaging or email to a number of variables. Brazil lacks the necessary telecom infrastructure and market share to make communications services inexpensive, and the free software lets Brazilians avoid paying for expensive messaging services.

“LOADS OF CLIENTS WERE CALLING A SINGLE PHONE NUMBER”

“[WhatsApp] became the site where everything was done throughout the pandemic,” Grohmann adds.

The app has become especially important for freelance workers, who rely on it to keep track of their work schedules, bill clients, and sell goods. As a result, when both platforms went down, Ferreira’s and millions of other informal laborers’ livelihoods fell down with them. According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, 34.7 million Brazilians labor in the country’s informal economy, where they lack the security of regular employment and benefits. Due to the rising economic crisis in Brazil, the number of informal workers has increased by 40% during the pandemic.

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There are a number of competing services for finding casual labor, the most well-known of which is Uber and Rappi, though they all take a share of the workers’ pay. As a result, to avoid losing a portion of their earnings, workers frequently deliberately switch their clients onto WhatsApp. “It’s normal for cleaners to tell their clients that this platform takes 15 to 20% of my salary, but if you schedule through WhatsApp and pay me by bank transfer, I’ll give you a lower price,” Grohmann explained.

Bruno Torres, an online seller of children’s clothing, claimed he lost roughly R$3,000 (US$500) during the interruption. Torres explained, “We needed to promote our new items and speak to our clients who were wondering whether we had any new outfits.” “A single phone number was being used by a large number of clients.”

“WE REALLY DEPEND ON THIS SERVICE TO BE ABLE TO WORK IN OUR DAY TO DAY LIFE”

WhatsApp is a free communication tool for Torres that allows him to communicate with multiple clients at once, enhancing his profit. “My sales would drop if I didn’t have WhatsApp,” Torres remarked. “It would also have an effect on my mental health.”

WhatsApp commerce also includes one-time sales of homemade goods and a wide spectrum of work that is difficult to categorize. The Information and Communication Nucleus of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (NIC) discovered that 30% of internet users who worked during the epidemic sold items or services using messaging apps in a research report regarding the pandemic’s effects on work.

“People discover methods to sell their wares,” Grohmann continued. “We call this viraço in Brazil when you manage to subsist by selling stuff, be it cakes or clothes or whatever.” “This is a means of survival for the working class, and they are becoming increasingly reliant on WhatsApp for this.”

Even protected employees, according to Grohmann, use the app to interact during the day, and the voice option is especially useful for casual workers who cannot read or write well.

“Audio notes are especially important in Brazil because of the high percentage of illiteracy,” Grohmann explained. “We also have a strong oral tradition.” As a result, the use of audio notes is extremely essential for Brazilians, and it connects with the culture of informal work and who performs that work. Instead of writing it down, I’ve known people who give me voice notes stating ‘OK.'”

According to Grohmann, WhatsApp has also allowed workers to organize against precarity, demonstrating how workers may negotiate and exploit privatized channels of communication to their benefit. “In Brazil, delivery app workers began organizing using WhatsApp, in group chats [made for coordinating strikes],” he explained.

Workers who had their livelihoods disrupted scrambled to make up for lost time and money once WhatsApp was restored. There’s no assurance there won’t be another interruption, but most migrant workers rely on the free, dynamic service to make ends meet. “We rely on this service to be able to function in our daily lives,” Torres explained.
Changing platforms isn’t really a viable option. In Brazil, WhatsApp is nearly an unavoidable part of daily life. Workers would not switch to other communication platforms, according to Grohmann, because the majority of Brazilians use WhatsApp. “When WhatsApp was down, a few people opened accounts on Telegram,” he said, “but very few people in Brazil utilize other communication platforms than WhatsApp.” “Changing platforms will not result in greater client communication.”

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Quran Majeed

Apple Finally Scrapped a popular Quran Majeed app in China

According to the BBC, Apple has deleted the Quran Majeed app from the Chinese Software Store, a popular app for reading and listening to the Quran. The app was apparently taken down at the request of government officials, which is odd given that Islam is a protected religion in China.

According to the app’s developer, Pakistan Data Management Services, Quran Majeed is available for free and “recognized by 25 million Muslim users around the world.” According to the creator, “according to Apple, our app Quran Majeed has been taken from the China Program Store because it includes content that is illegal,” the removal had nothing to do with the app’s religious content.

The developer claims it is working with China’s Cyberspace Administration to remedy the problem. Apple and China’s US Embassy have been contacted for comment by The Verge.

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While this is logical for business, it has previously put the organization in problematic situations. Apple has deleted VPN apps that allowed Chinese users to bypass censorship, as well as apps that mention Tiananmen Square, the Dalai Lama, or Taiwanese and Tibetan independence. The mistreatment of China’s largely Muslim Uyghur minority has also been linked to Apple’s suppliers in the region.

In any case, Apple is in a terrible situation. It is reliant on the sales and business partnerships it establishes in China. Taking a strong stand against the government may jeopardize this.

Microsoft said this week that the local Chinese edition of LinkedIn would be shut down, conceding separately that complying with Chinese government requests is proving increasingly challenging.

Apple hasn’t discovered that balance yet, and given how reliant it is on China to run its iPhone business, it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon.

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End-To-End Encryption

WhatsApp’s Backups To Get End-To-End Encryption

Facebook is beefing up WhatsApp’s security by extending end-to-end encryption (E2EE) to cloud backups through an iOS and Android app update.

This was always possible with local WhatsApp backups, but the business will now expand similar security features to iCloud and Google Drive backups.

“Beginning today, we’re introducing an additional, optional layer of protection available to secure backups stored on Google Drive or iCloud using end-to-end encryption.”

“No other global messaging service of this size delivers this level of protection for its customers’ messages, media, voice messages, video calls, and chat backup,” the WhatsApp team stated earlier this week.

When the functionality becomes available, users will be able to enable it in WhatsApp’s settings. While WhatsApp’s affiliation with Facebook carries with it the company’s reputation for privacy and security, the service has always been remarkably safe.

Person-to-person talks use the same end-to-end encryption mechanism as Signal, with internet chats being the lone exception. The corporation would be reducing that gap and raising its privacy profile with this launch.

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“To make E2EE backups possible, we created an entirely new encryption key storage mechanism that works on both iOS and Android.” Backups will be encrypted with a unique, randomly generated encryption key if E2EE backups are enabled.

In September, the WhatsApp team explained that “people can opt to secure the key manually or with a user password.” “When a password is chosen, the key is saved in a Backup Key Vault, which is based on a component known as a hardware security module (HSM) – specialized, secure hardware that may be used to store encryption keys safely.”

When the account owner wants access to their backup, they can use their encryption key to decode it, or they can get their encryption key from the HSM-based backup key vault using their personal password.”

Messenger and Instagram Direct, two of Facebook’s other messaging services, do not yet support end-to-end encryption by default.

Instead, the firm provides a discrete private mode on Messenger for those who want to keep their calls and chats private. Given Facebook’s aspirations to eventually unify all three services, it appears more likely than not that end-to-end encryption will become the default at some point in the future.

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Every Twitter User Can Now ‘Soft Block’ Annoying Followers

Twitter is introducing a new tool that allows any web user to remove a following without blocking them, a process known as a “soft block.”

To gently block a follower, go to your profile, select followers, click the three-dot menu next to a follower, and then choose “Remove this follower” from the drop-down menu. (An image from Twitter at the top of this piece shows what that option looks like.) You will not be notified if you remove the following.

A soft block differs from a block in that it lets users to read your tweets and direct message you while preventing them from appearing in your feed. However, if you remove a follower, they can re-follow you if they wish.

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If you don’t want to do a full block but want to free up some space from another user, this function can be handy. This new Twitter technique is a little more user-friendly than the previous one, which required you to manually block and unblock people.

Twitter’s latest feature, the option to remove a follower, aims to give users greater control over their experience on the network while also reducing abuse and harassment. In September, the business began testing a new Safety Mode function that automatically removes abusive accounts for a period of time, though it’s unclear when it will become more generally available.

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Auto Livestream

YouTube’s Auto Livestream Captions Are Now Available For All Creators

YouTube has announced that auto Livestream captions will now be available to all producers, rather than just those with more than 1,000 followers as was the case when the function first launched.

This move, combined with other upcoming enhancements detailed in the company’s blog, should make the platform more accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Live auto-captions will now be available in 12 additional languages (including Japanese, Turkish, and Spanish), the ability to add multiple audio tracks to a video to support multiple languages (and audio descriptions for those with limited vision), and the auto-translate captions feature will now also support mobile devices.

Within the next few months, YouTube will add more language support for live and auto-translate subtitles, and multiple audio tracks will be more widely available “in the next quarters,” according to YouTube.

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YouTube will also “experiment” with allowing users to search video transcripts on mobile devices. This has been a very handy tool for me on the desktop – pressing the three-dot symbol to the right of the like/dislike bar, then hitting “Open transcript” to receive a complete searchable text of the video has saved me many hours, so it’s wonderful to see it coming to mobile as well.

 

Finally, YouTube claims it’s still working on the Subtitle Editor permission and will update users “in the coming months” on its progress. The tool, which allows producers to authorize others to add subtitles to their films, was supposed to replace the community captions function that YouTube deleted. Creators who wanted to make their videos more accessible had to hustle to construct their own systems because they couldn’t rely on volunteers for captions and translations.

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Cash Prizes

Snapchat Has Added Challenges’ With Cash Prizes To Its TikTok Competitor

Snapchat is introducing a new option for creators with cash prizes. Inside the app’s TikTok competitor, Spotlight, the app is launching a feature called Spotlight Challenges, which will reward a number of creators each week for recording films using specific Lenses, completing specific activities, or playing a specific sound.

Each challenge will offer cash to three to five creators, with the winners chosen from among the most-viewed eligible videos. The lowest payment would be $250, but the awards will “typically range from $1k to $25k,” according to Snap. Every week, there will be several challenges.

The challenges provide a new avenue for Snap to encourage users to create films for Spotlight while still giving the business a lot of control.

It can help to promote certain trends or encourage people to create different types of content than they normally would. That might help differentiate Spotlight from TikTok and offer users a reason to keep coming back to see what’s new.

It’s also a possible source of revenue. Challenges will not be sponsored at launch, but a Snap spokeswoman informed The Verge that sponsored challenges may be offered in the future.

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Challenges are already being rolled out in the United States, with other markets to follow. According to the spokesman, these payouts will be in addition to the millions of dollars paid out each month to creators throughout the world who produce top Spotlight videos. At first, Snap paid $1 million every day, but the amount was then cut to “millions per month.”

At least up until a few months ago, the payments appeared to be operating. Snap announced in July that daily Spotlight usage had increased by 49% year over year.

In the United States, time spent each day increased by more than 60%, though Snap does not reveal the exact percentages in either scenario.

Snap is adding a couple of new options for creators to get some cash price, in addition to Challenges. Gifting is now available worldwide, allowing viewers to tip creators with digital tokens in exchange for a part of the earnings. Snap’s Creator

Marketplace is also expanding to include video makers, allowing businesses to engage with them for sponsorships. However, these capabilities are restricted: only approved “Snap Stars” are eligible for gifting and the marketplace, and creators must be invited by Snap to participate.

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Here Is Why Facebook, WhatsApp, And Instagram Were Temporary Down

Here’s one way to get your Monday off to a bad start: All of Facebook’s services, including Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram, are unavailable. Yes, all the way down. Going to Downdetector for a “is it just me?” check reveals that outage reports are off the charts — but your friends’ unreturned messages were probably a solid sign.

The problem has spread throughout the Facebook network, affecting all of its websites, apps, and related services. Apps and websites may not load at all for certain people. Others get an interface, but their messages and photographs don’t send or load.

The outage is spanning countries and geographical regions, according to the Digital Trends staff, and an aggregation of reports from around the web. But it’s on Twitter that you really get a sense of how ubiquitous this is, where everyone is seeing the same thing (and, of course, making fun of Facebook).

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The rippling effects of Facebook’s services being down for several hours may now be felt throughout the internet. We’re noticing an increase in outage complaints about other prominent sites, such as Twitter, likely as a result of customers fleeing.

Just in case you were wondering how unexpected this outage was, official notifications took a long time to arrive, and when they did, they were scant. WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook’s public relations staff all took to Twitter (of course) to spread the word that “it’s not just you.”

Please accept my sincere apologies to anyone who is now experiencing outages of Facebook-powered services. We’re having networking issues, and teams are working as quickly as they can to debug and restore service.

Not to be left out, some official competitor accounts have joined in the fun. (However, considering Google’s history of unsuccessful messaging services, the expression “glass houses” should certainly be remembered.)

What are our options now? Gmail?

What is the source of the issue?

Many individuals on Twitter have begun to piece together the root of the problem, which appears to be related to Facebook’s DNS records. DNS is essentially an online phonebook, instructing web browsers and apps where to go to locate Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram. These listings appear to have been erased due to a significant problem with Facebook’s servers, which house its own DNS records, making it difficult to find those sites.

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp aren’t gone forever just because the DNS makes them appear inaccessible. Because the servers that supply the real website when you type in something like “Facebook.com” are down, no one can access it. It’s unknown how long the outage will remain or whether Facebook will ever reveal the cause.

This is a work in progress.

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Twitter Is Facing Serious Problem As Facebook Users Flock To Other Sites

When Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram all went down, there was a massive outpouring of social media users(Facebook) racing to alternative platforms to keep posting and talking on social media most likely to mock Facebook, to be honest. So much that Twitter appears to be having issues as well.

The most popular doomsday watchlist Many people are reporting problems with Twitter on Downdetector, and our staff here at Digital Trends is having trouble loading tweets – both on the timeline and from individual links.

So far, the problem doesn’t appear to be widespread, and content normally loads after a few page refreshes, so we can hope this is just a blip and not the start of anything bigger.

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While Facebook appears to be having serious server issues as a result of supposedly major DNS issues, Twitter appears to be experiencing a stutter as a result of a dramatic surge in usage. And you can bet that the Twitter staff is doing everything possible to ensure that the site remains up and running.

Sometimes more people than usual use Twitter. We prepare for these moments, but today things didn’t go exactly as planned. Some of you may have had an issue seeing replies and DMs as a result. This has been fixed. Sorry about that! 💙

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) October 4, 2021

Ironically, “Now Twitter” has started trending on Twitter because it has nowhere else to go. I’m not sure how much longer this can go on. Perhaps we can set up some conference calls to keep in touch.

This is a developing story

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Netflix’s Mobile Gaming Platform Spreads To Spain, Italy

Netflix games on android beta mobile Italy Spain– Netflix just disclosed plans to add games as part of its membership a few months ago, and following a successful test in Poland, the streamer is now expanding its Android game choices to consumers in Spain and Italy.

While Netflix has previously released promotional titles, with tie-ins for anything from Oculus VR to PC gamers on Steam, this experience is integrated right into the Netflix app.

The Netflix games test is currently only available on Android, however, tweets from Netflix’s Spanish and Italian accounts reveal that it still works by directing customers to the Google Play Store. There, consumers can download the titles that are included in their regular subscription.

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Players can launch them from the main Netflix app after they’ve been installed, but it won’t be like viewing a movie because they’ll be redirected to the game’s own app. Shooting Hoops, Card Blast, Teeter Up, Stranger Things: 1984, and Stranger Things 3 are the five games available.

One notable change can be seen in the screenshots: the gaming section now has its own part in the bottom navigation bar, making it more visible to individuals who are just browsing the app.

“Games will be included in customers’ Netflix membership at no additional cost, similar to films and series,” Netflix executives said when they launched the initiative in July. At first, we’ll concentrate on games for mobile devices.”

Today’s tweet says the company is “still in the early phases of our gaming experience,” but doesn’t say when it will be available in the United States. If you’re looking for a hint, the fact that it’s written in English is arguably the most telling feature.

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MTN Ayoba

Academy App Wins MTN Ayoba Hackathon Ghana 2021

On the 17th of September, the much-anticipated Grand Finale of the MTN Ayoba Hackathon Ghana 2021 took place, with Academy App taking home Ghc 20,000.00 and other prizes.

A competition aimed at promoting and supporting young app developers in Ghana has honed the skills of competitors who were chosen from a pool of 271 applicants. The Academy App was named the best overall app.

Among all the other Apps in the competition, Prince Owusu’s Academy App stood out. The App is a learning tool designed to alleviate stress in Ghanaian classrooms. It gives pupils the opportunity to learn about any subject they like. With an engaging user experience, features that make learning more exciting.

The top three apps from the five qualifiers got cash prizes of GHC20,000.00, GHC10,000.00, and GHC8,000.00 for first, second, and third place, respectively, in the Ayoba Hackaton Grand Finale. Academy took home the top prize, with Amerya and Stride coming in second and third, respectively.

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The contestants were overjoyed with MTN Ghana’s support for Ghana’s tech sector at the conclusion of the tournament. MTN Ghana is a firm believer in the future of technology and has a track record of delivering innovative ideas.

The Ayoba Super App houses all of the apps created by participants at the recently concluded #AyobaHackGh, allowing them to tap into MTN Ghana’s over million databases to help them reach their target audience.
The winner of the #AyobaHackathonGrandeFinale, Prince Owusu, revealed his surprise victory. He claims that the competition was fierce and that he did not expect to place first. His next step would be to refine his app concept. Hopefully, the Ghanaian educational system will be able to use this program to make it easier for pupils to learn

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