Apple pulls plug on WhatsApp, Threads in China

Telegram and Signal — two other foreign messaging apps — were also removed from the store on Friday

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Facebook, Instagram down for thousands in the UAE

The tracker’s UAE website showed over three thousand reports for Instagram and over six thousand reports for Facebook


Here’s how to join Gulf Business’ new WhatsApp channel

Expect real-time updates, exclusive interviews, industry analysis, and more, all delivered to your WhatsApp

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WhatsApp to allow access to multiple accounts, users can log in on same device

Users will be able to easily switch between accounts – such as their work and personal ones – without having to log out each time or carry two phones


New WhatsApp feature: Zuckerberg reveals update

The update will be available worldwide in the upcoming weeks

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How to send high-definition images on WhatsApp?

The HD image share feature will be rolled out to users worldwide over the next few weeks

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How technology is fuelling disconnection

While technology offers wider connections, the quantity of these associations leaves people feeling qualitatively empty

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WhatsApp introduces Channels, here’s how it will help

To help you select channels to follow, WhatsApp is building a searchable directory where you can find your hobbies, sports teams, updates from local officials and more


Say goodbye to typos: WhatsApp launches edit message feature

The edit history will not be displayed, ensuring that the original content remains private


Meta prepares more layoffs across Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram

The move is part of a cost-cutting push that will eventually whittle away 10,000 positions at the company

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Lulu Hypermarket launches AI-powered customer experiences on WhatsApp

Salem, an AI-powered assistant, helps customers order products for in-store collection, receive in-app purchase receipts, and track their orders


Meta to form AI product team to keep up with chatbot competition

The company is trying to use the technology with text-like chats in Meta’s messaging apps WhatsApp and Messenger


WhatsApp to stop functioning on older smartphones from January 2023

In October, WhatsApp experienced a glitch, making it inaccessible temporarily to thousands of users worldwide

Fintech PayTabs acquires Turkey’s social commerce platform, Paymes

The acquisition aims to create a unified social commerce platform for micro merchants, fempreneurs and webpreneurs across the MENA region

WhatsApp can officially hide online status, announces rollout of Communities

WhatsApp allows users to hide ‘online status’, announces new ‘Communities’ feature

Users can choose to hide their last seen online status from all contacts, unknown numbers or specific contacts

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WhatsApp is down for thousands of users; back online after an hour

The outage affected both personal and group chats


WhatsApp rolls out in-app shopping product with India’s JioMart

The new feature lets users in India shop for products from JioMart, and pay for them directly within the app

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WhatsApp’s three new privacy features and how they work

The three news features include the ability to hide your online status, exit groups silently and block screenshots for ‘view once’ images

WhatsApp announces addition of new ‘communities’ feature

People will be able to receive updates sent to the entire ‘Community’ on Whatsapp and easily organse smaller discussion groups on what matters to them

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How conversational AI improves the experience of customers

Chatbots create a human-like conversational experience for customers, while making it engaging at the same time, says Ravi Sundararajan, COO, Gupshup

The art of newsjacking

How the temporary outage on Facebook’s platforms was leveraged as a marketing opportunity by Twitter

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Update: Here’s what caused Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram outage for six hours

Downdetector.com stated in a post that the Facebook outage has become the largest in its history with over 10.6 million reports from all over the world

WhatsApp can officially hide online status, announces rollout of Communities

Major outage: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp down globally

WhatsApp and Facebook took to Twitter, saying it is working to get things back to normal.


UAE’s Payit partners with Platx for WhatsApp payments in the region

Merchants who enroll for this service can simply provide their WhatsApp enabled mobile numbers to their customers

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Dubai: Covid-19 vaccinations can now be booked over WhatsApp

To access the Dubai Health Authority’s 24×7 WhatsApp hotline, users will have to add 800 342 to their contacts

Facebook risks Instagram, WhatsApp breakup in antitrust case

U.S. antitrust officials, states, seek to break up Facebook over monopoly fears

Half of SMBs in the UAE, 35% in Saudi reduced their workforce due to virus: study

Small businesses turn to digital channels to survive the pandemic

WhatsApp can officially hide online status, announces rollout of Communities

Abu Dhabi’s health department launches Covid-19 home isolation smart service on WhatsApp

The automated “Chatbot” service will allow citizens to get answers to the most common questions about the virus and home isolation recommendations from the health department

Social space: A roundup of all the GCC social media news in May

Fadi Khater, founder and managing partner of digital marketing agency Netizency, provides an overview of social media trends in the region

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What’s trending socially in the GCC

Here’s an overview and analysis of the latest social media news and trends in the GCC