WhatsApp went further on to give us a guide on what kind of information was NOT shared with its parent company and third-party aggregators,
- WhatsApp and Facebook cannot read chats or hear calls made from the app
- It does not have any logs of which user is being texted or called
- Any shared location cannot be viewed by WhatsApp or Facebook
- No contacts are shared with Facebook
- All group chats are private
- Messages can also disappear after a while
- The data can be downloaded which includes profile updates, messages, and more
All these pointers were issued by the company on Twitter. WhatsApp ensures its users of end-to-end encryptions.
We want to address some rumors and be 100% clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption. pic.twitter.com/6qDnzQ98MP
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021
One of the major concerns most users had was with group chats and the information that could be leaked through them, to Facebook. WhatsApp has clarified that none of these chats can be viewed by Facebook or posted as ads on different platforms.
In addition to being encrypted from end-to-end, the company also suggests users try out their disappearing messages feature for added privacy.
Despite the clarification, a number of users have gone against the app and are suggestive of making a move to alternatives for daily communications.
Go to @telegram people 😂
— Miguel (@TuFavoritoRD) January 12, 2021
Trust once gone is gone…
— MAHESH D (@maheshdosm) January 12, 2021
who tf leaks an address? are you out of your mind. that’s the only place where one should feel safe and home, what is wrong with you.
— jess 🍹 #TCOE (@94STILLGOLDEN) January 12, 2021
— Manish Kumar (@manishkumarttp) January 12, 2021
Since a number of users have been regularly using WhatsApp, it will be tough to make the switch. However, after the company’s clarification, a few users might still consider staying.
Will you still continue using WhatsApp despite the company’s clarification or have you switched over to a new app? Share your views on WhatsApp and its policy updates with us!