The article on the Guardian says,
the announcement also underscores a truth that many had been reluctant to acknowledge: if you’re a WhatsApp user, you’re a Facebook customer, and while the two services have historically been quite distinct, the process of integration only moves in one direction.
Given the chaos among WhatsApp’s users, the Facebook-owned messenger app tweeted today saying, “We want to address some rumours and be 100% clear. We continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption.” The new policy that will come in effect next month will not affect the user’s private communication with “friends or family”.
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021
The head of WhatsApp at Facebook Will Cathcart also tweeted. He said in a tweet, “Today we’re answering some common questions we’ve received [regarding] WhatsApp.”
Today we're answering some common questions we've received @WhatsApp. Our policy update describes business communication and adds transparency. It does not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family.
— Will Cathcart (@wcathcart) January 12, 2021
He also shared a link to WhatsApp page answering FAQs. The most common questions are as follows:
Can WhatsApp/Facebook Access Your Private Messages or Hear Your Calls?
Does WhatsApp Keep Tabs of Who You Are Messaging or Calling?
Can WhatsApp/Facebook See Your Shared Location?
Does WhatsApp Share Your Contacts with Facebook?
Are WhatsApp Groups Private?
Can You Still Set Messages to Disappear?
The change in terms and conditions has obviously shocked WhatsApp users. They are still questioning the reason behind WhatsApp sharing their data with Facebook. Many have started testing other texting apps such as Signal.
Here is a comparison between Signal and WhatsApp:
Tech billionaire, Elon Musk has endorsed the messaging app, Signal to users as it is secure and offers encrypted messaging service. The App has reportedly started ranking on Google Play and the App Store after Musk’s casual suggestion. Have something to add? Let us know in the comment section below.
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