In the recent days, we can see the increase of fakes circulate in the Facebook. People are looking for the reliable social network to get news and reports of the day-to-day life. They choose the instant messenger application WhatsApp as the other place to fetch information. According to the Digital News Report, a study from the Reuters and the University of Oxford which surveyed that nearly seventy thousands plus respondents from thirty -six countries register their thoughts. Over forty- seven percent of the respondents said they get their daily portion of the news from Facebook and making the social network making a popular platform for news getting the purpose. And also added its popularity has declined in over half of all the surveyed countries.
In the other face, fifteen percent of defendants use WhatsApp for the news consumption, where they share the new information among the friends directly. Although the smaller figure, the report says it is a significant jump from the previous year to the second most eminent social media platform for the news consumption in nine countries.
As the center of the point, fifty- one percent of the people in the Malaysia uses the WhatsApp as the source of news consumption and uses it to share or discuss news every week. At the same time, it is less popular in the United States, where only three percent of the defendants use this app for the same purpose.
The social Medias does a good job in distributing both the real and fake news; only twenty- four percent of the people come to get awareness about the real news. Less than the forty percent said that they trusted the traditional news media to do the same. Only a few defendants fewer than thirty percent said they intentionally avoid that kind of news because of some unreliability in the messages.
So the Facebook has been pressed to focus on the spreading of fake news problems after it came to the public’s attention in the major election or issues in the last year. They enhance the feature by allows the users to flag the fake news and working with the third–party fact- checker to identify the fake information and shutting their accounts.
WhatsApp is extended the support until December 2017, for the few operating systems of the mobile phones. It has 1.2 billion active users in the month of February. It also grabs the attention of the users by updating its feature in the periodical time. But, WhatsApp announces that it is going to block its service for the old aging phones like the old version of the Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Nokia devices
WhatsApp is available on a multitude of platforms, including aging mobile platforms like the BlackBerry, Nokia S40, Nokia S60, and the older version of the Android. It officially announced the extension of its service on BlackBerry, OS, and Nokia S40 platforms. For the smartphones running Android 2.3.7, Gingerbread and older version will be supported by the app till February 2020. According to the recently released data from the Google that the there a limited number of a device powered by the Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The company further post on its blog that the Nokia S40 will be supported WhatsApp until the end of the 2017 and added more information was BlackBerry OS platforms will support WhatsApp until December 31, 2018. Recently mentioned in a report about the Nokia S40 device was thought to be a typographical error in the end of its lifetime. However, the service for the Nokia S60 device will stop at the end of this month by WhatsApp. It will keep the support of the eligible device running Windows Phone 8.0 till the end of 2017.
There is an alert message for the users who own devices running on unsupported mobile platform that as a result of they will no longer actively develop for these platforms; some features may stop functioning at any time. It could mean that the WhatsApp even before the last date WhatsApp service may be halting its service in this platform.
The company had announced in the last year that it would stop providing support on older mobile operating systems and device like Window Phone 7, iOS 6, BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Android 2.1, and Android 2.2 by the end of 2016. WhatsApp knew that they have billions of the active users when compared to the other instant messaging application, so they think about the loss of their users by cause of this announcement. So, they extend their support for certain OS based smartphones. For, now there is unclear whether Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 will they continue the support.