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WhatsApp Private Messages are Read and Shared by Facebook, According to a Report; Nicole Scherzinger’s Attorney Fires Back at the Lawsuit Filed by Pussycat Dolls Founder; Scott Disick and Amelia Hamlin Called It Quits After the Kourtney Kardashian Incident; Britney Spears’ Father, Jamie Moved to Terminate Her Conservatorship; Caitlyn Jenner Advised the Kardashian-Jenner Children to ‘Stay Out’ of Her Gubernatorial Race


WhatsApp Private Messages are Read and Shared by Facebook, According to a Report

According to a new report, Facebook’s encrypted messaging app WhatsApp is not as private as the company claims.

The popular chat app, which prides itself on its privacy safeguards, claims that parent company Facebook cannot see conversations transmitted between users. However, a comprehensive study published Tuesday by ProPublica alleges that Facebook pays over 1,000 contract workers worldwide to read and review WhatsApp communications that are supposedly private or encrypted.

Even when new users sign up for the service, the program emphasizes that “your messages and calls are secured so only you and the person you’re communicating with can read or listen to them, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp.”

“Those assurances are not true,” said the ProPublica in a statement. “WhatsApp has more than 1,000 contract workers filling floors of office buildings in Austin, Texas, Dublin, and Singapore, where they examine millions of pieces of users’ content.”

Facebook admits that those contractors spend their days sorting through content flagged by WhatsApp users and the service’s algorithms, which frequently include everything from fraud and child pornography to possible terrorist plots.

According to a WhatsApp spokesperson, “WhatsApp provides a way for people to report spam or abuse, which includes sharing the most recent messages in a chat. This feature is important for preventing the worst abuse on the internet. We strongly disagree with the notion that accepting reports a user chooses to send us is incompatible with end-to-end encryption.”

WhatsApp moderators are emailed “the most recent messages sent to you by the reported user or group” when a user reports abuse, according to the company’s FAQ page. According to ProPublica, because WhatsApp messages are encrypted, artificial intelligence systems “can’t automatically scan all chats, images, and videos, as they do on Facebook and Instagram.”

The investigation found that WhatsApp moderators acquire access to private content when users click the app’s “report” button, indicating that a message violates the platform’s terms of service.

Former WhatsApp engineers and moderators who talked to ProPublica confirmed that five messages are shared after the report is clicked, including the allegedly problematic one, along with the four prior ones in the exchange, as well as any photos or videos, in unscrambled form.

In addition, ProPublica claims that WhatsApp shares metadata with the Department of Justice and other law enforcement organizations. Metadata are unencrypted records that can reveal a great deal about a user’s online behavior. However, WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart recently stated that there is no conflict of interest.


Nicole Scherzinger’s Attorney Fires Back at the Lawsuit Filed by Pussycat Dolls Founder

Nicole Scherzinger’s legal representative has responded to Robin Antin’s complaint, alleging that Scherzinger is refusing to join the Pussycat Dolls reunion tour.

According to a statement received by PEOPLE on Monday from Scherzinger’s lawyer, Howard King, Antin’s assertions are “ludicrous and false,” and alleged they “are a desperate attempt to divert blame for her own failures by trying to impose obligations on Nicole that simply do not exist.”

As asserted in a copy of Antin’s complaint acquired by PEOPLE last week, Scherzinger is requesting that they rewrite a 2019 deal about the group’s latest enterprise, Pussycat Dolls Worldwide, and reunion tour.

According to Antin, Scherzinger is requesting 75 percent of PCD Worldwide (they initially agreed on 49 percent), as well as “complete creative control” and “final decision-making authority.” Scherzinger, according to Antin, is supposedly threatening to withdraw from the tour unless those requests are granted.

The Pussycat Dolls was initially scheduled for a reunion tour this 2020 but was postponed due to the continuing COVID-19 outbreak. The revised dates were originally intended to begin in May 2021 with a European leg. Still, the dates are officially showing as not yet confirmed.

Antin’s lawsuit claims that LiveNation is seeking a refund of the $600,000 it invested in the tour.

King, on the other hand, asserted that Scherzinger is not liable for the money.

“Robin will fail in her efforts to trade on Nicole’s hard-earned success to pull herself out of a deep financial hole she has created by her own poor business and professional decisions,” King said.

“Prior to Nicole’s involvement, trading on Nicole’s name without her consent, Robin borrowed (and spent) $600,000 from Live Nation that she won’t or can’t repay,” King claimed. “Nicole has invested her own funds in excess of $150,000 in support of a potential PCD reunion that has now been made impossible by Robin’s actions (including the public release of the group members’ confidential financial information).”

“Nicole loves and respects the PCD fans and hopes to one day be back on stage performing the group’s amazing hits for them,” King’s statement concluded. “Sadly, this will not happen under these circumstances.”

In 1995, Antin formed the Pussycat Dolls as a burlesque troupe. By 2003, Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Kimberly Wyatt, Carmit Bachar, and Melody Thornton had established a musical girl group.

Scherzinger embarked on a solo career following the disbandment of the Pussycat Dolls in 2009. Recently, she has served as a judge on television shows such as The Masked Singer and The X Factor.


Scott Disick and Model Amelia Hamlin Called It Quits After the Kourtney Kardashian Incident

Scott Disick and Amelia Hamlin have split, multiple sources confirm to PEOPLE, with one insider stating that “Amelia broke up with Scott.”

According to sources, the 38-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians actor and the 20-year-old model have ended their nearly one-year relationship.

“She ended it,” one insider reveals. “It was bound to happen, but last week’s drama probably sped it up.”

An insider confirmed their split after it was revealed that the pair were having problems. “Scott and Amelia are going through a rocky patch,” the insider said. “It’s partly because of the Kourtney [Instagram DM] drama but also just ‘Scott being Scott.’ They’re not fully over yet, but Amelia isn’t happy with him.”

Disick and Hamlin, according to a source, spent Labor Day Weekend separately.

“Everything seemed fine last weekend, and then all of a sudden, they seem to be having issues,” the insider continued. “They are on the East Coast separately and didn’t leave Los Angeles together.”

Disick and Hamlin made their first appearance together in October 2020 at Kendall Jenner’s Halloween-themed birthday event. In February, while celebrating Valentine’s Day, they made their romance Instagram official.

Despite their 18-year age difference, an insider previously told PEOPLE that the now-ex-couples didn’t “feel the age difference.” Additionally, the insider stated that things had “getting serious,” as Disick had been “telling friends how much she means to him and how into her he is.”

The couple faced a snag last week when Younes Bendjima — who previously dated Disick’s ex-girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian — released his supposed direct messages with Disick. Disick allegedly called out Kardashian’s PDA with boyfriend Travis Barker in Bendjima’s screenshots.

Disick allegedly posted under a photo of Kardashian and Barker kissing while on vacation in Italy: “Yo, is this chick ok!???? Broooo like, what is this. In the middle of Italy.”

“Doesn’t matter to me as long as she’s happy,” Bendjima, 28, allegedly responded. “PS I ain’t your bro.”

Disick and Kardashian are parents to Mason, 11, Reign, 6, and Penelope, 9.

Hamlin, the younger daughter of Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin, appeared to react to the issue on Sunday, sharing an Instagram Story snapshot of herself wearing a tank top that read, “Don’t you have a girlfriend?”

On Monday, she shared a mysterious remark on her Instagram Story, emphasizing the importance of not settling.

“Never settle for less. Not with your job, your friends, and especially not with your heart,” the statement says. “Continue to seek what you are looking for and do not shrink yourself for the sake of other people. You deserve the best.”


Britney Spears’ Father, Jamie Moved to Terminate Her Conservatorship After 13 Years

PEOPLE confirmed that Jamie Spears has sought to terminate his daughter Britney Spears’ conservatorship after 13 years.

Jamie, 69, indicated in a court file seen by PEOPLE on Tuesday that Britney may no longer require conservatorship. Britney’s team has dubbed the move a “massive legal victory” for the singer.

Jamie retained guardianship of his daughter’s money as a conservator of her estate after resigning as her personal conservator in late 2019.

Britney is “entitled to have this Court now seriously consider whether this conservatorship is no longer required,” says the petition.

“Recent events related to this conservatorship have called into question whether circumstances have changed to such an extent that grounds for establishment of a conservatorship may no longer exist,” the filing reads.

Jamie’s petition continues by quoting Britney’s statements during many explosive court sessions this summer: “Ms. Spears has told this Court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship.”

“She wants to be able to make decisions regarding her own medical care, deciding when, where, and how often to get therapy. She wants to control the money she has made from her career and spend it without supervision or oversight. She wants to be able to get married and have a baby if she so chooses,” the petition added.

“In short, she wants to live her life as she chooses without the constraints of a conservator or court proceeding,” states the prayer.

The petition did, however, uphold the conservatorship’s initial formation.

“The conservatorship has helped Ms. Spears get through a major life crisis, rehabilitate and advance her career, and put her finances and her affairs in order,” the petition states of the decision made 13 years ago.

Jamie now believes his daughter is “entitled to have this court now seriously consider whether this conservatorship is no longer required.”

“As Mr. Spears has said, again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,” the filing says. “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.”

Mathew Rosengart, Britney’s attorney, tells PEOPLE that Tuesday’s filing “represents a massive legal victory for Britney Spears, as well as vindication.”


Caitlyn Jenner Advised the Kardashian-Jenner Children to ‘Stay Out’ of Her Gubernatorial Race

Caitlyn Jenner is gearing up for a gubernatorial run in California without the assistance of her celebrity family.

The 71-year-old former Olympian opened up to California Rebel Base podcast co-host Steve Hilton about her decision to keep her family and political ambitions separate, stating that she would not want her position as a Republican to hurt any of the KarJenner brands, which would almost certainly happen if her children publicly endorsed Caitlyn.

“I called up each one of them and said, ‘Hey, this is what I’m looking to do,’ and I said, ‘I want you guys out of it,'” Jenner explained.

“I told my kids, when you do something like this, it’s not just me making decisions. Obviously, I come first on the decision-making but then really the influencing and — I don’t know if you know, but I have a very high-profile family,” she quipped during the podcast.

She noted that while private assistance is always appreciated, she will not seek favors from her high-profile children.

“You know, politics can be a dirty business, and they have brands, they have all the other things that they’re doing, they have companies that they’re doing,” Jenner said. “[I told them] I don’t want you involved, I don’t want one dime, I don’t want one tweet, one Instagram post. I said, ‘just stay out of it.'”

Caitlyn’s approach may explain why Brody Jenner, 38, has been “avoiding” inquiries about Caitlyn’s campaign.

Additionally, Caitlyn stated in April that she would not anticipate her children pounding the pavement on her behalf due to their socially liberal ideas and her previous opposition to homosexual marriage.

Due to her prior involvement in criminal justice reform, Kim Kardashian, Caitlyn’s stepdaughter, would be the sole exemption.

“Obviously, Kim is the only one because of her work on criminal justice reform, and obviously, we’ve talked about that, you know,” Jenner said. “We’ve talked about it, but I really didn’t want her involved in this campaign whatsoever.”

“But, you know, as far as criminal justice reform, which I think is very important in California, she does have my cell phone number,” the candidate continued.

Jenner is vying to succeed California Governor Gavin Newsom, who is presently facing a recall election, and will have to overcome the favorite in the campaign, talk show personality Larry Elder.