How Metadata From Encrypted Messages Can Keep Everyone Safer

The future is encrypted. Real-time, encrypted chat apps like Signal and WhatsApp, and messaging apps like Telegram, WeChat, and Messenger—used by two out of five people worldwide—help safeguard privacy and facilitate our rights to organize, speak freely, and keep close contact with our communities. They are intentionally built for convenience and speed, for person-to-person communication […]

Facebook Is Everywhere; Its Moderation Is Nowhere Close

Facebook launched support for Arabic in 2009 and scored a hit. Soon after, the service won plaudits for helping the mass protests known as the Arab Spring. By last year, Arabic was the third most common language on the platform, with people in the Middle East and North Africa spending more time each day with […]

Telegram Is Becoming a Cesspool of Anti-Semitic Content

In the past few months, Telegram has skyrocketed in popularity, hitting 550 million monthly active users in July 2021, which makes it the fifth-most-used messaging app in the world. And as a wave of government-mandated internet shutdowns washes over the world, the app has been praised for its resistance to censorship and its role in […]

Twitch Adds a Phone Verification Option to Fight Bot Attacks

Amid a rise in harassment campaigns carried out by automated bots, companies like Twitch are resorting to a more targeted approach—less “ban hammer,” and more like a bunch of little ban daggers. Twitch is introducing a new tool that the company believes will mitigate bot attacks wreaking havoc in chatrooms on the video game streaming […]