Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Saturday said its latest update – which has received criticism from a multitude of users globally – describes the corporate communication and does not change its data sharing practices with the social media giant.
It also stated that users will have to accept the new terms and policies by February 8, 2021, in order to continue using the WhatsApp service.
This sparked a series of conversations and memes on the Internet about WhatsApp’s alleged sharing of user information with Facebook.
Rival platforms like Signal and Telegram are reportedly seeing an increase in downloads in the wake of development.
Tesla boss Elon Musk had also joined the conversation, asking people to leave WhatsApp.
In a series of tweets, WhatsApp boss Will Cathcart tried to share his views on the matter.
He said the company updated its policy “to be transparent and to better describe the optional people-to-business features.”
“It is important for us to be clear, this update describes corporate communication and does not change WhatsApp data sharing practices with Facebook. It does not affect how people communicate privately with friends or family wherever they are in the world, “he said.
Cathcart pointed out that with end-to-end (E2E) encryption, he can’t see chats or private calls and neither can Facebook and that the company remains committed to E2E.
“We are competing for privacy with others and that is very good for the world. People should be able to choose how they communicate and feel confident that no one else can see their chats. There are people who disagree with this, including some governments, “he said.
The tweets, however, received different responses from users with many continuing to point out concerns about sharing user data between WhatsApp and Facebook.
Meanwhile, Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov – in a blog – said FacebookWhatsApp has switched to covert marketing and detected bots spreading inaccurate information about Telegram on social media. Durov also tried to clarify the “myths” that WhatsApp allegedly pushed on Telegram which has over 500 million users around the world.
He said the “myths” that Telegram’s code is not open-source, that the company is Russian, and that the platform is not encrypted – are all wrong.
The Signal app also joined the conversation with its series of tweets. One of the tweets read, “Look what you’ve done” and featured a photo of the app showing the number one free app in app stores in markets like India, Germany, France, Austria, Finland, Hong Kong, and Switzerland.
In another tweet, it said, “There are no Terms of Service for a mother’s love,” taking into consideration the ongoing controversy.
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- WhatsApp says the latest update doesn’t change its data sharing practices with Facebook