This week the mobile messaging service WhatsApp announced it had reached 500 million global users.
As the BBC today launches two new pilot projects to explore the use of chat app technology, this podcast hears how journalists and newsrooms are using WhatsApp as a means for engagement, distribution and social sharing.
We also highlight WhatsApp's terms and conditions around data encryption amid questions raised by a digital security expert.
We speak to:
- Trushar Barot, assistant editor, UGC and social media hub, BBC
- Luke Lewis, UK editor, BuzzFeed
- Anne Roth, editor, researcher, Tactical Technology Collective
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