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There’s bad takes, and then there’s bad takes. An example of the latter comes from Bloomberg Opinion columnist Leonid Bershidsky, who thinks that today’s WhatsApp security woes proves that end-to-end encryption is “a gimmick” and “largely pointless.” WhatsApp is one of the largest messaging apps around. To put Bershidsky’s comments in context, earlier today, it transpired that it was possible to use specially-weaponized phone calls in order to install malware on a target’s phone. The Facebook-owned company has since released a patch, which users are encouraged to install at the earliest possible opportunity. WhatsApp, like many messaging apps, uses end-to-end…

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