♬ OneRepublic Someday


Somedays I’m treading the water and feel like it’s getting deep
Some nights I drown in the wade of the things that I think I need
Sometimes I feel incomplete, yeah
But you always say to me, say to meOh, you say someday when we’re older
We’ll be shinin’ like we’re gold, yeah
Won’t we? (Won’t we?)
Won’t we? (Won’t we?)
Yeah, someday when we’re older
I’ll be yours, and you’ll be mine
Be happy (happy)
HappyOh, you say someday when we’re older
We won’t worry ’bout the things that
We don’t need (we don’t need)
We don’t need
Yeah, one day down the line
Before we both run out of time
You’re gonna seeThat someday we’ll be all that we needSomeday we’ll be all that we needI’ve been the best, been the worst
Been a ghost in a crowded room (oh, yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah)
I took a chance, took a turn, took a dive
And it led to you (oh, yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah)
So many times that I wish we could be anywhere but here
So many times that I wish I could see what you see so clear, so clearOh, you say someday when we’re older
We’ll be shinin’ like we’re gold, yeah
Won’t we? (Won’t we?)
Won’t we? (Won’t we?)
Yeah, someday when we’re older
I’ll be yours, and you’ll be mine
Be happy (happy)
HappyOh, you say someday when we’re older
We won’t worry ’bout the things that
We don’t need (we don’t need)
We don’t need
Yeah, one day down the line
Before we both run out of time
You’re gonna seeThat someday we’ll be all that we needSomeday we’ll be all that we needOh, you say someday when we’re older
We’ll be shinin’ like we’re gold, yeah
Won’t we?
Won’t we?
Mmh, someday down the line
Before we both run out of time
You’re gonna seeThat someday we’ll be all that we need

Android, ‘billions’ of more secure devices within a few months: here’s how Google will do it

Google has announced a very important change regarding the privacy protection of users who are still using devices that are no longer supported by Nino Grasso published on 20 September 2021, at 11:31 am in the Telephony channel GoogleAndroid Google recently announced that it will implement a new privacy protection feature not only on the latest terminals, but also on older devices that are no longer supported. The feature, which will be integrated on “billions of devices” by the end of the year, allows you to automatically restore the permissions of apps that have not been used for months. In this way, the apps installed on smartphones and tablets will no longer have permission to access sensitive device functions (microphones, storage units, geolocation and much more) unless the user chooses to reactivate the permissions following the request. of the same app. The novelty will be implemented on all devices with Android 6.0 (API level 23) or later, and which have Google Play Services installed, up to devices with Android 10 (API level 29). Google explained that “starting from December 2021 the feature will be expanded to billions of devices”, and that it will be “automatically enabled” on all eligible models based on the specifications we have reported above. On these devices, users will be able to access the new settings on automatic permissions reset and enable or disable the feature on the basis of each individual app: “The system will automatically begin to reset the permissions of apps that are no longer used a few weeks after the feature is launched on the device “, explains Big G. Automatic reset of permissions on Android apps, what you need to know The automatic restoration of permissions on Android will be enabled automatically starting in December, with the distribution of the news that will go on until the first quarter of 2022 and should be completed by the second quarter. The new APIs of the “auto-reset” function have already been released to developers in Beta for a few days, and will be proposed – according to current plans – in a “stable” version starting from October. The automatic restoration of permissions on older devices is certainly a welcome change to improve the security of an obsolete device that could contain sensitive data in a minimally invasive way. Google is increasingly trying to tackle the problem – one of the oldest – of its mobile operating system, and in July it had begun to warn users of devices with Gingerbread and below (2.3.7) that they would no longer have access to their own. Google account. Android is now installed on over 3 billion devices around the world, at least based on data released by Google itself during the last Google I / O conference. Securing all Android 6 smartphones, which was released in late 2015, and later, may seem like an impossible task to complete, especially considering that older models are probably no longer supported by their respective manufacturers for some time. Google’s latest move is to eliminate security problems with these devices, or at least reduce them as much as possible.

Emmy Awards 2021: See the full list of winners

Kate Winslet, Jason Sudeikis, Jean Smart

It was a shiny night for England-set shows and British actors at the Emmys.

Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso, which led all comedies with 20 nominations, claimed four trophies on Sunday night at the 73rd annual ceremony honoring excellence in TV. The feel-good story of 2020 centered on an American football coach (Jason Sudeikis) who moves to London to coach a professional soccer team in the Premiere League. When the game was over, Lasso netted statuettes for Outstanding Comedy Series, Lead Actor (Sudeikis), Supporting Actress (Hannah Waddingham), and Supporting Actor (Brett Goldstein).

On the drama side, The Crown, which was tied with The Mandalorian for the most-nominated drama series (24), began collecting jewels early and often. The Netflix drama that explores the reign of Queen Elizabeth II pulled off a trio of sweeps: Olivia Colman and Josh O’Connor won Lead Actress and Lead Actor, Gillian Anderson and Tobias Menzies triumphed in the supporting categories, and the show also nabbed writing and directing statuettes. Including wins at the Creative Arts Emmys, The Crown tallied 11 wins.

British actress Kate Winslet also wound up at the podium: The Mare of Easttown star claimed the Lead Actress prize in the Limited Series category, with co-stars Evan Peters and Julianne Nicholson emerging victorious in the Supporting categories. London-born multi-hyphenate Michaela Coel scored a writing Emmy in the limited series category for her work on I May Destroy You. And another Brit, Ewan McGregor, scored a surprise win in the Lead Actor in a limited series category for Halston. And let’s not forget Last Night with John Oliver, which claimed two awards.

The Cedric the Entertainer-hosted ceremony — which was held with a limited audience at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater, a departure from last year’s largely Zoom affair in the middle of the pandemic — was not kind to heavily nominated genre series WandaVision, The Mandalorian and Lovecraft Country, which never made it to the podium. (All three had better luck at the Creative Arts Emmys.) Things went much better for newcomer HBO Max comedy Hacks. In a category where three quarters of the Outstanding Comedy nominees were new — the beloved standup series starring Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder triumphed in the Lead Actress category (Smart) and edged fellow freshman Lasso in the writing and directing categories.

While this year’s field of nominees was the most diverse to date, all major acting awards went to white performers. RuPaul did make Emmy history for the most wins by a person of color as RuPaul’s Drag Race claimed its fourth consecutive Emmy trophy for Outstanding Competition Program. Elsewhere, The Queen’s Gambit won the limited series prize, Hamilton emerged victorious in the variety special category, and Debbie Allen was honored with the Governors Award. Scroll down for a complete list of winners.

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Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live

Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live

Rosie Perez, The Flight Attendant

Hannah Einbinder, Hacks

WINNER: Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Juno Temple, Ted Lasso

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Bowen Yang, Saturday Night Live

Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

WINNER: Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso

Brendan Hunt, Ted Lasso

Nick Mohammed, Ted Lasso

Jeremy Swift, Ted Lasso

Paul Reiser, The Kominsky Method

Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Hacks

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Jean Smart, Mare of Easttown

WINNER: Julianne Nicholson, Mare of Easttown

Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision

Phillipa Soo, Hamilton

Renee Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton

Moses Ingram, The Queen’s Gambit

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Daveed Diggs, Hamilton

Jonathan Groff, Hamilton

Anthony Ramos, Hamilton

Thomas Brodie-Sangster, The Queen’s Gambit

WINNER: Evan Peters, Mare of Easttown

Paapa Essiedu, I May Destroy You

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

The Boys (Rebecca Sonnenshine, Episode: “What I Know”)

WINNER: The Crown (Peter Morgan, Episode: “War”)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Yahlin Chang, Episode: “Home”)

Lovecraft Country (Misha Green, Episode: “Sundown”)

The Mandalorian (Dave Filoni, Episode: “Chapter 13: The Jedi”)

The Mandalorian (Jon Favreau, Episode: “Chapter 16: The Rescue”)

Pose (Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals, Janet Mock, Our Lady J, Episode: “Series Finale”)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Bridgerton (Julie Anne Robinson, Episode: “Diamond of the First Water”)

The Crown (Benjamin Caron, Episode: “Fairytale”)

WINNER: The Crown (Jessica Hobbs, Episode: “War”)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Liz Garbus, Episode: “The Wilderness”)

The Mandalorian (Jon Favreau, Episode: “Chapter 9: The Marshal”)

Pose (Steven Canals, Episode: “Series Finale”)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

WINNER: Gillian Anderson, The Crown

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown

Emerald Fennell, The Crown

Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale

Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Madeline Brewer, The Handmaid’s Tale

Aunjanue Ellis, Lovecraft Country

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Michael K. Williams, Lovecraft Country

Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale

Max Minghella, The Handmaid’s Tale

O-T Fagbenle, The Handmaid’s Tale

John Lithgow, Perry Mason

WINNER: Tobias Menzies, The Crown

Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian

Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

The Amber Ruffin Show

A Black Lady Sketch Show

WINNER: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Variety Talk Series


The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Jimmy Kimmel Live

WINNER: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

A Black Lady Sketch Show

WINNER: Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

The Flight Attendant (Steve Yockey, Episode: “In Case of Emergency”)

Girls5eva (Meredith Scardino, Episode: “Pilot”)

WINNER: Hacks (Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, Jen Statsky, Episode: “There Is No Line”)

PEN15 (Maya, Erskine, Episode: “Play”)

Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, Episode: “Make Rebecca Great Again”)

Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, Episode: “Pilot”)

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

B Positive (James Burrows, Episode: “Pilot”)

The Flight Attendant (Susanna Fogel, Episode: “In Case of Emergency”)

WINNER: Hacks (Lucia Aniello, Episode: “There Is No Line”)

Mom (James Widdoes, Episode: “Scooby-Doo Checks and Salisbury Steak”)

Ted Lasso (Zach Braff, Episode: “Biscuits”)

Ted Lasso (MJ Delaney, Episode: “The Hope that Kills You”)

Ted Lasso (Declan Lowney, Episode: “Make Rebecca Great Again”)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Aidy Bryant, Shrill

WINNER: Jean Smart, Hacks

Allison Janney, Mom

Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

WINNER: Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

William H. Macy, Shameless

Kenan Thompson, Kenan

Outstanding Competition Program

The Amazing Race

Nailed It!

WINNER: RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Hamilton (Thomas Kail)

I May Destroy You (Sam Miller, Michaela Coel, Episode: “Ego Death”)

I May Destroy You (Sam Miller, Episode: “Eyes Eyes Eyes Eyes”)

Mare of Easttown (Craig Zobel)

WINNER: The Queen’s Gambit (Scott Frank)

The Underground Railroad (Barry Jenkins)

WandaVision (Matt Shakman)

Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

WINNER: I May Destroy You (Michaela Coel)

Mare of Easttown (Brad Ingelsby)

The Queen’s Gambit (Scott Frank)

WandaVision (Chuck Hayward, Peter Cameron, Episode: “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!”)

WandaVision (Jac Schaeffer, Episode: “Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience”)

WandaVision (Laura Donney, Episode: “Previously On”)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

WINNER: Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown

Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You

Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit

Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision

Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Paul Bettany, WandaVision

Hugh Grant, The Undoing

WINNER: Ewan McGregor, Halston

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Emma Corrin, The Crown

WINNER: Olivia Colman, The Crown

Uzo Aduba, In Treatment

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Jurnee Smollett, Lovecraft Country

Mj Rodriguez, Pose

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Regé-Jean Page, Bridgerton

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Billy Porter, Pose

Jonathan Majors, Lovecraft Country

Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason

WINNER: Josh O’Connor, The Crown

Outstanding Variety Special (Live)

Celebrating America – An Inauguration Night Special

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards

The Oscars

The Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Starring The Weeknd

WINNER: Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020

Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

Bo Burnham: Inside 

David Byrne’s American Utopia

8:46 – Dave Chappelle

Friends: The Reunion

WINNER: Hamilton 

A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote

Outstanding Comedy Series


Cobra Kai


Emily in Paris


WINNER: Ted Lasso

The Flight Attendant

The Kominsky Method

Outstanding Drama Series

The Boys


WINNER: The Crown

The Mandalorian

Lovecraft Country


The Handmaid’s Tale

This Is Us

Outstanding Limited Series

Mare of Easttown

I May Destroy You


WINNER: The Queen’s Gambit

The Underground Railroad

Gabby Petito is dead, the body of the “daughter of America” in the forest: it is hunting for her boyfriend Brian

The FBI has announced the discovery of the body of Gabby Petito, the young influencer who disappeared while she was taking a road trip with her boyfriend across America. Her remains were found in a forest in Wyoming, but the mystery about her disappearance – first – and death – then – is far from being resolved. Her boyfriend Brian Laundrie, 23, who has also disappeared, is currently being sought. The affair caused great uproar in American public opinion. In recent days, a video recorded by the bodycam of a Utah agent who stopped the 22-year-old along with her boyfriend on August 12 in Utah for speeding has also emerged. In the video, the girl appears crying uncontrollably, and then she tells the officers that she had a fight with her boyfriend for “personal reasons”. Images in contrast with the idyllic ones with which in these months of travel around America, the couple had told their social networks about their trekking, the breakfasts with yogurt and granola, the nights spent under the stars in the desert. An idyll interrupted last September 11 when Petito’s parents, after not having heard from her daughter for days, turned to the police to find out that Brian had only been back in Florida for 10 days. Considered by the police “person of interest”, but not indicted for the disappearance of his girlfriend, the 23-year-old is inexplicably refusing to cooperate with investigators. “Two people went on a trip and only one came back. I think Brian has some information, and I think the people around him have it, and we’re asking these people to come forward, ”said the chief of police in North Port, Florida. Police believe Petito last spoke to her parents in late August at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. From Utah comes not only the video recorded by the Moab police, but also the testimony of a person who called 911 that August 12 because he had seen the couple arguing violently, and the girl entering the car through the window “as if the boy had locked her out of the car. ‘ Then the police stopped the two young men and recorded the video in which the girl talks about what she describes as a compulsive disorder: “Sometimes I always have to clean and tidy up and then I apologize to him.” «He tells me that I have to calm down – the girl said again – but I am calm, it is he who stresses me».

SpaceX sends four civilians into orbit. The Inspiration4 mission has started

The SpaceX mission “Inspiration4”, the first space mission with a crew of only four private citizens without any previous astronaut training, started in the Italian night. For the next three days, the four “civilians” aboard the Crew Dragon will travel in low earth orbit, flying over 90% of the inhabited land of planet Earth

The Insiration4 space mission, the first in the world entirely civilized by SpaceX, left at 8 pm (2 am in Italy). On board the Crew Dragon “Resilience” that now orbits over our heads, in fact, there are four people who have never carried out any specific training as an astronaut, other than that given by SpaceX in view of the mission. Of the four people on board, only one is a billionaire, the venture’s financier Jared Isaacman. The other three are “normal” people (at least by the standards that astronauts have accustomed us to): geoscientist Sian Proctor, engineer Christopher Sembroski and Dr. Hayley Arceneaux (the first person in space with a prosthesis). Each of the four crew members was assigned a call sign for communications during the mission: “Rook” for Isaacman, “Leo” for Proctor, “Nova” for Arcenaux and “Hanks” for Sembroski “Hanks”.

Inspiration4 has left Earth from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Complex 39A, the embarkation point for the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions, and for the next three days it will travel overhead flying in low Earth orbit, possibly even higher. of the International Space Station (which is about 390 kilometers high). The four crew members were selected by SpaceX on the basis of four different human characteristics that well represent the spirit with which the earthlings are facing the future of space exploration: leadership, prosperity, generosity and hope.

The mission’s goal is completely new in the space exploration landscape: not scientific research but charity. In fact, the purpose of Inspiration4 is to raise 200 million in funds for childhood cancer research conducted by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, one of the most advanced centers in the world. Anyone can somehow “finance” this space mission by sending their donation. Beyond the nice gesture, SpaceX revolutionizes space once again, no longer a frontier, but an absolutely familiar place for both those who leave and those who remain on the ground, which can feel much more involved in the new space age of humanity than it is. it could do so earlier with missions run by state space agencies.

Champions League: Juve beat Malmoe 3-0

Juventus wins 3-0 in Malmoe while finishing 2-2 between Villarreal and Atalanta 2-2 (The picture of the matches) Bayern wins 3-0 in Barcelona with a brace from Lewandowski. Lukaku signs Chelsea’s success. Cr7 is not enough, Manchester United knocked out in Bern

The Champions League cures the ills of Juve: the bianconeri find game and victory again, in Sweden they finish 3-0 for Allegri’s boys.

It is the technician’s first success in the official match since he returned to the Mole, in Malmoe the goals of Alex Sandro, Dybala (penalty) and Morata, all scored in the first half, are decisive. An excellent response after the disastrous start in the league, now we must also confirm in Serie A against tougher opponents than the modest Swedes. There is a fact that can above all satisfy: six months and 17 games in a row later, Juve’s goal goes back to being clean. And Szczesny, in the crosshairs of fierce criticism for the recent blunders, manages to smile. “When you play in the Champions League there is always concern and expectation. An away debut, after the results not arrived in the league, causes a little more pressure. The boys, however, played a good game on a technical level, even if in the first half we could make better use of some situations. We need to improve. ” So Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach, speaking to Mediaset after the victory in Malmoe in the Champions League. “The results affect the judgment, but you have to be good at maintaining balance, both in defeats, but above all in victories. Not conceding a goal is a good sign. I asked the boys to finish the game without conceding a goal, because that too it helps and relieves you of anxiety. Szczesny played a good game, equal to his value. It was important to win, now let’s think about the next game. It was important to win, otherwise the streak got too long. The mental aspect is 90% in all you work even more in football. When you leave points in the league, as we did, playing badly at times, but with single mistakes in the matches we had in hand, it makes you see things in a negative way. You have to distinguish the result from the performance”.

Russia tightens control over the internet as elections approach

As the legislative elections that will be held between 17 and 19 September approach, Russia is increasing its control over the internet, as recent news shows. The last move in chronological order passes through a court.

On September 14, the Russian court in Tagansky imposed fines on operators of social networks and messaging apps for not deleting content that Moscow deems illegal, such as references to an app linked to the opponent of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Alexei Navalny, now in jail. The penalties amount to 21 million rubles ($ 287,850) and have hit Facebook, Twitter and Telegram.
Against the “smart vote”

Russia previously accused Google and Apple of election interference because they refused to remove the same app, called Navalny, from their stores. The application is an attempt to catalyze the “smart voting” of the opposition by suggesting which independent candidates have the best chance of winning in each election. Google would also be asked to ban references to the phrase “smart vote” in its search engine.

In Russia in the next few days 450 members of the lower house, the Duma, will be elected, as well as various local representatives. Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party currently holds 334 seats in the Duma, but the president’s popularity is waning.
The blocking of the network

The site dedicated to “smart voting” has been blacked out in recent days and the authorities are trying to make it unreachable in every way. The Russian telecommunications giant Rostelecom, the country’s main provider of digital services, has asked its subsidiaries in a letter to ban access to Google’s DNS servers and Cloudflare. Dns are databases of websites that allow you to bypass any domain blocks in some parts of the world.

The news circulated when the letter from Rostelecom appeared on the Telegram channel ZaTelecom. The authenticity of the note was then confirmed to the Russian media Rbk by a representative of the company. The official goal of this novelty would be to “organize stable internet access”. In practice, this is another way to prevent the bypassing of blocks on sites and apps that are banned from Moscow

CR7 is not enough: United in 10 loses against Young Boys!

The 2021/22 Champions League has officially opened. And they are immediately surprised: Young Boys spoiled Ronaldo’s European season debut, while Salzburg drew 1-1 in Seville with a thousand regrets. Y

Things seem to be going well immediately for Manchester United, who pass Bruno Fernandes-Cristiano Ronaldo on the Portuguese axis in the 14th minute. The former Sampdoria puts a good ball for CR7, who scoffs at Ulisses Garcia and beats Von Balmoos, who is also quite uncertain. The turning point of the match at 35 ‘: Wan-Bissaka commits a savage on Martins Pereira and gets the sacrosanct red. Solskjaer in the second half covered with Varane for the disappointing van de Beek, but the Swiss pushed and equalized with Ngamaleu. United suffers, Solskjaer removes Ronaldo in the 72nd minute for Lingard. The Young Boys attacks with their heads down, the Red Devils have no more and Lingard in the 95th minute makes the omelette. His insane back pass gives Siebatcheu the winning goal.

WhatsApp under indictment, chats are not as secret as Facebook says

Conversations on WhatsApp are protected by end-to-end encryption, as are most of the shared items. However, according to a new long article written by ProPublica, not all messages exchanged on the client, now owned by Facebook, are safe from prying eyes. Facebook or third-party consultants hired by the company, in fact, can read some extracts of the conversations that take place on the platform.

The heavy accusation is brought by the source through a long article that reads how Facebook has been sponsoring for years the use of end-to-end encryption on WhatsApp as a fundamental tool to keep any data exchange that takes place on the service safe. Despite this, the company can gain access to certain parts of the conversation, and ProPublica can say this based on observations made of about a thousand firm’s contract consultants who have reviewed millions of data.
WhatsApp, the accusation: contractors paid to read parts of conversations

These contractors have access to a dedicated Facebook software that is used to monitor private messages on WhatsApp, images and videos, which have been reported by other users: “These contractors have the task of analyzing everything that is displayed on their screen – statements about anything like fraud, spam or child pornography, or even potential terrorist plots – in less than a minute, “an excerpt from the report reads.

It should be noted that the contractors do not have the possibility to read the conversations of the users in full, but only the last five lines of a one-to-one conversation that has been reported by one of the two participants. This modus operandi is also indicated on the client itself when trying to report a conversation as inappropriate. The workers contracted by Facebook to monitor WhatsApp conversations operate in Austin, Dublin, Singapore and Texas, and carry out the monitoring activity as the sole task for the giant of Menlo Park.

If on the one hand it is true that consultants paid by Facebook can access parts of the conversations, on the other hand it is also true that these are sensitive chats reported as inappropriate and potentially dangerous by users. This could clash with the “pro-privacy” narrative spread by Facebook regarding the fact that the company cannot in any way access the contents of the chats due to end-to-end encryption, but in this case the purpose is to make secure conversations for all users.

Carl Woog, communications director for WhatsApp, admitted that the different contractors also have the ability to identify and remove the “worst” abusers. The same monitoring is also done on Facebook and Instagram, since Artificial Intelligence alone cannot be 100% effective to protect the most defenseless users from inappropriate, dangerous or even annoying content.

Facebook promptly responded to the accusations made by ProPublica, and below is an excerpt from the note released:

"We have developed WhatsApp to limit the data we collect to obtain spam and threat prevention tools, thus being able to remove abusive users, even based on the reports we receive from users. This work requires extraordinary effort. from our security experts and the trusted teams we employ, who work tirelessly to help us provide the world with secure private communication. "

The company also specified that “based on the feedback received from users, we are sure that people understand that when a conversation is reported to us, we receive an extract from it to be able to analyze it”.

WhatsApp, encrypted backups are coming: here’s how they work

WhatsApp is ready to release an important update that will allow users to encrypt chat backups: anticipated a few months ago, the news will be made available over the next few weeks to iOS and Android users. The solution, which is described in a whitepaper released by Facebook, aims to protect message backups that are stored in the cloud, be it Google Drive or iCloud, from prying and malicious eyes.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, said: “WhatsApp is the first global messaging service on this scale to offer end-to-end encrypted messages and backups and getting there was a really tough technical challenge that required an entirely new framework for key archiving and cloud archiving between operating systems “.

When the user chooses to encrypt their backups, they will need to save a 64-digit encryption key or create a password linked to the key. When the password is created, WhatsApp stores the associated key in a physical hardware security module (HSM), which is managed by Facebook and unlocked only when the correct password is entered on WhatsApp. At this point, the correctly unlocked HSM provides the encryption key that decrypts the backup stored on Google or Apple’s servers.

The HSM is located in Facebook’s datacenters around the world to ensure continuity of service. If repeated, incorrect, password entry attempts occur, the HSM will become permanently inaccessible. Likewise, if you opt to manually save the 64-digit encryption key and lose it, the backup will no longer be accessible. However, it is still possible to reset the password if you have forgotten it. The basic idea is that it is guaranteed that only the account owner and no one else can access a backup.

The ability to use encrypted backup will only be for the user’s primary device, despite recent multi-device support.