WhatsApp is rolling out its own set of emoji
According to a new blog post published on Emojipedia (which we first saw via Engadget), WhatsApp is rolling out a new set of self-designed emoji.
They look somewhat similar to the iOS emoji — which the messaging app has so far adopted, even on Android phones — but have a slightly flatter look that is reminiscent of LG’s proprietary set.
The update has so far hit only Android customers running WhatsApp’s latest beta, but a broader rollout for the platform is to be expected in the coming weeks and months.
It is still unclear, however, whether WhatsApp will adopt the new emoji set on iOS as well. As of this beta release, WhatsApp’s is actually ahead of iOS’ native emoji support.
The new WhatsApp set uses Unicode’s latest standard, Emoji 5.0, which means some of the new emoji inside WhatsApp are not present on iOS as of yet.
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Security Experts Rebut The Guardian’s Report That Claimed WhatsApp Has a Backdoor
William Turton, writing for Gizmodo: This morning, the Guardian published a story with an alarming headline: “WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages.” If true, this would have massive implications for the security and privacy of WhatsApp’s one-billion-plus users. Fortunately, there’s no backdoor in WhatsApp, and according to Alec Muffett, an experienced security researcher who spoke to Gizmodo, the Guardian’s story is a “major league fuckwittage.” […] Fredric Jacobs, who was the iOS developer at Open Whisper Systems, the collective that designed and maintains the Signal encryption protocol, and who most recently worked at Apple, said, “Nothing new. Of course, if you don’t verify keys Signal/WhatsApp/… can man-in-the-middle your communications.” “I characterize the threat posed by such reportage as being fear and uncertainty and doubt on an ‘anti-vaccination’ scale,” Muffett, who previously worked on Facebook’s engineering security infrastructure team, told Gizmodo. “It is not a bug, it is working as designed and someone is saying it’s a ‘flaw’ and pretending it is earth shattering when in fact it is ignorable.” The supposed “backdoor” the Guardian is describing is actually a feature working as intended, and it would require significant collaboration with Facebook to be able to snoop on and intercept someone’s encrypted messages, something the company is extremely unlikely to do. “There’s a feature in WhatsApp that — when you swap phones, get a new phone, factory reset, whatever — when you install WhatsApp freshly on the new phone and continue a conversation, the encryption keys get re-negotiated to accommodate the new phone,” Muffett told Gizmodo. Other security experts and journalists have also criticized The Guardian’s story.
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