State-run news agency RIA said on Friday, citing a Moscow court, that messaging app WhatsApp faces a maximum fine of 4 million roubles (51,500) after Russia accused it of failing to remove prohibited content. Although WhatsApp's parent company Meta was declared a "extremist" organization and barred from operating in Russia last year, the widely used IM software has never been challenged with legal action for failing to remove illegal content. What information WhatsApp has reportedly failed to destroy was not specified in the RIA article. It stated that the administrative lawsuit was brought by Roskomnadzor, the communications regulator. Russia enacted strict new military censorship regulations at the commencement of its military campaign in Ukraine, and as a result, corporations like Google, Wikipedia, and Discord have been penalized.

WhatsApp Launches New Video Messaging Feature

WhatsApp has announced this week that it will now let you record and send video clips directly in the messaging app.

According to the Meta-owned platform, the instant video messages can be up to 60 seconds long, and are similarly protected with the app’s end-to-end encryption service.

The company in a blog post on Thursday said, “We think these will be a fun way to share moments with all the emotion that comes from video, whether it’s wishing someone a happy birthday, laughing at a joke, or bringing good news.”

On the new feature which will be similar to sending a voice message on the platform, the company revealed that there will also be a way to record the video hands-free.

The new update has begun rolling out on the app and will be available to everyone in the coming weeks, the company said.

Earlier this year, WhatsApp initaited out an update that lets users edit messages in the app (as long as it’s within 15 minutes after sending).

The latest product update for WhatsApp comes on the heels of a better-than-expected earnings report from Meta. The company said Wednesday that revenue surged 11% year-over-year to $32 billion for its quarter ending in June, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s “year of efficiency” appears to be paying off for the social media giant.

The shares of Meta stock have jumped more than 150% in 2023, after a bruising 2022.


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