Local authorities in the Philippines have warned parents to monitor their children’s use of the internet after reports that a dangerous online “challenge” encouraging kids to commit suicide has claimed its first Filipino victim.
Chlyv Jasper “CJ” Santos is an 11-year-old boy who recently took his own life in his school in Quezon City. His mother, Paula Bautista, believes that the boy’s suicide was influenced by an internet trend called the “Momo Challenge.”
Police around the world are warning people against a WhatsApp game with an avatar believed to be from Japan after Argentinian authorities linked the messaging craze to the suicide of a 12-year-old girl.
Buenos Aires police are trying to determine whether the creepy “Momo Game” might have motivated the girl, who was found hanging from a tree on her family’s backyard in Ingeniero Maschwitz, Argentina, to commit suicide on July 22, according to Buenos Aires Times.
Chinese WhatsApp users have found the app completely inaccessible for the past several days, leading some to speculate that the writing may be on the wall for the Facebook-owned application. According to Shanghaiist, this isn’t the first time that the app has been banned from Chinese phones, but a censorship effort regarding next month’s big party congress may be the reason behind the block.
Nadim Kobeissi, an applied cryptographer at Symbolic Software in Paris, has been monitoring China’s ban on WhatsApp as a part of its overall research of censorship in China. Kobeissi told the Verge their findings:
Microsoft founder Bill Gates now has his own account on WeChat, the most popular social network in China with more than 800 million monthly active users.
Gates first joined the Tencent-owned messaging app on Saturday with a 30-second video clip welcoming Chinese netizens to his account in Mandarin, according to Mashable.
With nearly 396 million people across Asia on Facebook, the continent is now the largest region when it comes to daily active users, according to new data released Thursday by the social network.
Facebook continues to explode on the continent as the company sees a 57% spike in users over the past two years, surpassing social network usage and growth anywhere else in the world.
The U.S. government paid IBM $336,413.59 for software that simply points left and right.
The app created for the Transportation Security Administration is essentially software that randomly assigns passengers to either go in the left or right lines when they go through airport security, reported Mashable.
Brazilian Mayor Lidiane Leite, 25, is on the run after allegations of her corrupt reign and use of a WhatsApp account to run her town are being investigated. Leite is being accused of embezzling funds from the public education system to fund her extravagant lifestyle.
Max Ribeiro, a spokesman for the Federal Police from the northern state of Maranhao told CNN Leite has disappeared for 12 days with no leads to her whereabouts.
If you are trying to piss off an entrepreneur, the best way is to steal their ideas. That’s what’s going on between Apple and WhatsApp founder Jan Koum right now.
Apple announced some new features for their new iOS 8 this morning at the WWDS 2014, a developer’s conference in San Francisco. Among their updates were some new features for iMessage that are all too similar to Koum’s WhatsApp messaging platform. While Koum has yet to comment on the exact features, it isn’t hard for the rest of us to see where these features come from- and it’s not just WhatsApp either.