WhatsApp has responded to privacy concerns that surfaced during the app’s latest update. Users noticed the new update offered new integrations with Facebook, and as a result, it has caused many Whatsapp users to leave the platform for good.
This has led users to question the privacy of their messages. The company is now addressing this and more in a FAQ posted on its website. In the FAQ, WhatsApp states that their end-to-end encryption prohibits anyone in the company from seeing messages or listening in to calls. There are also no logs being kept, either. In addition to that, users will have the option to have their messages disappear after being sent.
As for its Facebook integration, WhatsApp says that it will not share contacts or location data with Facebook. WhatsApp Groups will also remain private and no information will be forwarded to Facebook to use for ads. This doesn’t apply to users who use Facebook’s e-commerce platform via WhatsApp, though. There’s an optional setting that allows WhatsApp to monitor shopping activity which will then trigger related ads on Facebook or Instagram. The company says, though, that it is completely transparent with the data it shares.
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