The messaging app claims that an Israeli spyware company has responsibility for human rights violations and helped hack government officials, journalists and dissidents.
"We've seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation," WhatsApp said.
"We know that the more we connect, the more we have to protect. As we conduct more of our lives online, protecting our conversations is more important than ever," the company said in a blog post.
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Facebook has sued the NSO Group for allegedly perpetrating a WhatsApp hack that targeted politicians and journalists in at least three different countries.
U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel and AG Barr have sent an open letter to Facebook, requesting the platform rethink its plan to encrypt all messages posted to its website.
"I agree I posted those pictures and horrendous comments but there was no intent there," Jay Davison, 38, told a court in Wales during his trial this week.
"As soon as he became aware that police were on his trail, he tried to leave the country but fortunately we intercepted him as he boarded his flight," a detective said.
DownDetector, a platform which tracks website issues, recorded a huge spike in problems. "We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible," Facebook told Newsweek.
The platform, which runs on blockchain technology, is expected to launch for consumers in 2020 and is backed by a group of companies, including Mastercard, Visa and PayPal.
The U.S. social media company told Newsweek that it is "taking steps to ensure compliance" with a trade ban placed on the Chinese technology company last month.
Pegasus malware, typically sold to intelligence agencies, can spy on calls and texts while also recording audio and video from phones.
"Every day that we go on without getting to the bottom of this matter is a day that we are putting hundreds, if not potentially thousands, of Americans at risk," the progressive Democrat from New York warned.
"What's he trying to keep secret?" asked Democratic Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island.
Jared Kushner's alleged use of WhatsApp for official communication with foreign leaders was dangerous, cybersecurity expert Clint Watts said.
Digital communication presents uncomfortable social situations that can lead to anxiety, isolation and feelings of rejection.
One group active this week was titled "Kids boy gay" and contained more than 250 members, according to the Financial Times.
Last week, WhatsApp rolled out its new "Sticker" feature for Android and Apple iOS.
The accused face up to 15 years in prison for violating child protection laws.
WhatsApp co-founders Brian Acton and Jan Koum have both left Facebook, which acquired the company in 2014 for $22 billion.
Government officials want greater access to secure communications data.
WhatsApp dismissed the report, claiming they were aware of the issue.
The game is being compared to the "Blue Whale Challenge" of 2015, which was allegedly linked to hundreds of deaths.
Groups of up to four can share fully encrypted video chats.
WhatsApp will remove a "quick forward" button next to media messages for Indian users.
More than one dozen beatings have occurred across India this year due to fake messages about child abductors.