READ: WhatsApp cloned and change in 'online' were highlights of the app in 2019
Among other themes of the monthly ranking, there are tests of new functions discovered in the Beta version of the software, the polemics that involved the app in 2019 and the presence of the messenger in the list of ten most downloaded applications of the decade in the world. Check out the ten most read articles on WhatsApp below on TechTudo in the month of December.
WhatsApp was the subject of controversies in 2019; see list Photo: Rubens Achilles / TechTudo
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1. Correction in group failures
In December, WhatsApp fixed a flaw that blocked the application of all members of a group. The bug altered the phone number of one of the participants and caused the freezing of all members of the chat. To resolve the crash, users would have to delete the group conversation, which would result in the loss of all messages and media shared between members. The flaw was fixed with a messenger update, made available for Android and iPhone (iOS).
2. The dangers of cloned WhatsApp
Messages sent by criminals to try to steal the user's authentication code Photo: Reproduction / Kaspersky Lab
This article showed how criminals act to be able to clone a WhatsApp account and the dangers of having their information and conversations in the hands of the bandits. The text also teaches you how to identify that your messenger profile has been hacked, how to protect yourself from possible break-ins and how to recover your account in case of attacks.
3. Among the most downloaded in the decade
WhatsApp appeared in the list of the ten most downloaded applications of the decade worldwide, on Android phones and iPhone. The study was released on December 16 and showed that all apps run by Mark Zuckerberg's business conglomerate (Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp itself) secured positions in the ranking. The study took into account downloads made between 2010 and November 2019
4. Self-destructive messages in groups
In late December, the Beta version of WhatsApp started new tests of a function that allows you to automatically delete messages after a certain period of time. The "self-destructive" messages resemble the "secret chat" of the "rival" Telegram, and allow you to maintain a private conversation and help to clear the memory of group conversations, which accumulate many messages and media. The texts could disappear after every hour, day, week, month or year.
5. Bug released Dark Mode
WhatsApp Beta gets opening screen in dark mode with Facebook branding Photo: Paulo Alves / TechTudo
The long-awaited Dark Mode of WhatsApp appeared in the application of some users of the Beta version in the form of a bug. The flaw left the messenger in dark tones when showing a YouTube video in PiP on Android 10 phones. Officially, the dark mode is in the testing phase on WhatsApp, but there is no forecast for a definitive launch on the platform, see the most awaited functions of the app in 2020.
6. "WhatsApp from Facebook"
Label "WhatsApp from Facebook" starts to appear on the screen when opening the app for the first time Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
The apps belonging to Facebook started to display a message that makes it clear to the user which products the company has. This change caused WhatsApp to display the text "from Facebook" at the time of initialization and on the account settings page, leaving some users confused, according to records on Twitter and Google Trends.
7. Flamengo stickers
Flamengo stickers for WhatsApp: see apps with emojis Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / TechTudo
Flamengo's participation in the FIFA Club World Cup final, on the 20th, encouraged the use of team stickers on WhatsApp. This list brought together five apps with packs of free stickers related to the club, releasing shield cones, flags, mascots, incentive phrases, crowd chants, famous players like Gabigol, coach Jorge Jesus and jokes with rival teams.
8. WhatsApp Business wants to avoid mass messages
A new WhatsApp Business rule, put into practice on December 7, determined that companies that send mass automated messages to users through the platform will be prosecuted. The measure wants to prevent the stores from advertising unduly by the messenger. According to WhatsApp, its artificial intelligence systems have already banned millions of users who broke the rules of the service.
9. Ten WhatsApp polls in the year
Scam spread on WhatsApp promises Bauducco panettones for free in fake promotion Photo: Reproduo / PSafe
A scam circulated on WhatsApp in December promising the delivery of Bauducco panettones for free. As of the date of publication, more than 32,000 people have been affected by malicious links disguised as a fake promotion. To spread the fraud, the victims were tricked into sharing the message with other contacts, in order to win the fake gift. Bauducco warned that the promotion was fake and instructed users not to access the link.
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