FinCEN Files: Investigation into Dirty Money Transfers from Major Global Banks

At least $ 2 trillion in suspicious transactions were carried out between 2000 and 2017 by several major global banks. This is what an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, made up of 400 journalists from the media in 88 countries, including the investigation units of Radio France and the newspaper Le Monde, reveals.
For their investigation, ICIJ journalists were able to obtain "suspicious activity reports". These are top-secret documents that US bank internal compliance officials send to US financial intelligence agencies when they detect questionable money transfers.

According to these documents, 2,000 billion dollars in suspicious transactions may have been carried out. It is dirty money linked to drugs, corruption, organized crime and terrorism.

Large banks are singled out like JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Bank of New York Mellon or HSBC. They ensure, however, that they make significant efforts to combat financial crime an…

Facebook puts the pack on video chats

Facebook has presented several new features to bring its users closer, notably in Messenger, WhatsApp and Lives. Rooms is one of the big news of the day: these are new video chat rooms accessible from Messenger or simply from Facebook via the news feed. You can create a Rooms space, choose your guests, and also lock it, which is like closing the door of the discussion space. For the moment, the Rooms are limited to 8 participants, but ultimately up to 50 people will be able to chat in a Rooms lounge, which then takes on the air of a Zoom window… The resemblance may not be accidental: Zoom's success encroaches on Facebook.

Facebook has presented several new features to bring its users closer, notably in Messenger, WhatsApp and Lives

A little bit of Zoom

Rooms is now available in Anglo-Saxon countries on Facebook and Messenger, and it will be possible to create these chat rooms with Instagram, WhatsApp and Portal. In the same vein, Facebook is increasing the number of participants in audio and video discussions in WhatsApp: up to 8 people will be able to find themselves in the instant messaging application, calls always encrypted from start to finish, guarantee of confidentiality.

The social network also makes several improvements to the Live function of Facebook and Instagram. It is again possible to add another person with the return of Facebook's Live With function. Facebook events can be displayed as online only, and Facebook Lives can be integrated into it for live broadcast only for its guests.

If the connection is not optimal, it is possible to simply listen to the audio of a Live. A new “Donate” button appears to facilitate fundraising for this or that cause. And users can support their favorite creators by buying and sending stars during a video (1 star = 1 cent).

On Instagram, it is now possible to watch and comment live videos from your PC or Mac. We can also record videos from IGTV to facilitate sharing. Finally, Facebook announces that Portal calls can be made from Facebook pages and groups.