Facebook’s WhatsApp Limits Users’ Ability to Forward Messages

That’s the headline on my most recent story, out yesterday, with my colleague James Hookway. It begins: Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp messaging service is limiting users’ ability to forward content, seeking to curtail ways the popular platform allows the spread of misinformation and sometimes has led to violence. The move, which follows months of criticism over […]

India Wants Access to Encrypted WhatsApp Messages

That’s the headline on my most recent story, out Tuesday and in Wednesday’s print WSJ. It begins: NEW DELHI— Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp is facing pressure in India to let authorities trace and read the encrypted messages of its more than 200 million Indian users in a new attempt at constraining global tech giants. India’s telecommunications […]

Think American Elections Are Bad? Indian Voters Get 1,000 Texts a Day

That’s the headline of my most recent story, out yesterday, which I wrote with a few colleagues. It begins: For Gurupad Kolli, a 40-year-old lawyer who lives in a remote Indian village, the torrent of WhatsApp messages surging to his phone a few weeks ago meant one thing: election day was near. They’re at turns […]

By Me Today: WhatsApp’s Now Available on a Web Browser

My post at WSJ Digits begins: Users of the popular messaging app WhatsApp can now conduct their chats via a Web browser — with a few restrictions. The Facebook-owned service with some 700 million monthly active users said in a blog post Wednesday that people can now link their mobile phones with a WhatsApp Web […]

Our Story on WhatsApp in Asia

Quick note to share a WSJ story I helped out on Thursday about challenges Facebook may face in Asia following its acquisition of WhatsApp: Facebook Inc. ‘s $19 billion deal for WhatsApp in part is a move to bolster the U.S. company’s position abroad. But in Asia—which has the world’s largest, and possibly most avid, […]