Point to be noted that WhatsApp rivals like Signal and Telegram have recorded a significant number increase of new users on their platform. Signal has become one of the most downloaded apps on Android and iOS and its verification system for signing up new users has repeatedly buckled under the pressure. Last week, the CEO of Tesla Elon Musk has even jumped into the fray after tweeting “Use Signal” to his more than 42 million followers. Telegram is currently behind Signal on the App Store and the platform recorded more than 25 million new users sign up in just the last 72 hours.
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
WhatsApp’s new FAQ page says, “We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp, which is optional, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data”. It also stresses in the page that neither Facebook nor WhatsApp read users’ message logs or listen to their calls. The FAQ page also confirmed that it doesn’t store user location data or share contact information with Facebook. WhatsApp chief Will Cathcart also took to Twitter and said, “With end-to-end encryption, we cannot see your private chats or calls, and neither can Facebook. We’re committed to this technology and committed to defending it globally.