We want to address some of the rumors, to be 100% clear and to protect your personal messages consistently with final to final encryption. pic.twitter.com/6qDnzQ98MP
– WhatsApp (hat WhatsApp) January 12, 2021
However, it is now known that information about updating WhatsApp policies does not match the company’s plan, especially regarding information coming from conversations or profiles between users. Instead, WhatsApp is now clarifying that this change is designed to explain how companies that use the customer service platform can store records of their conversations (files containing information about various events and happenings) on Facebook servers. .
These explanations came at a time when thousands of users were leaving the service and looking for alternatives, namely the Telegram news service – which had 500 million users in just 72 hours with 25 million users in the last four days – and the signal, another WhatsApp competitor, was downloaded 7.5 million times from the App Store last week. Behind him are voices like Elon Musk or Edward Snowden.
Telegram has surpassed 500 million active users. 25 million new users joined in the last 72 hours: 38% from Asia, 27% from Europe, 21% from Latin America and 8% from Mena. https://t.co/1LptHZb9PQ
– Telegram Messenger (letelegram) January 12, 2021
In an attempt to erase the misunderstanding and control the damage caused by the exclusion, WhatsApp executives and others in the Facebook family turned to social media, as did Andrew Bosworth, Adam Moseri or Will Godgard.
“I want to share with you how committed everyone at WhatsApp is to providing private communications to two billion people worldwide. With the final encryption, we will not be able to see your private conversations or calls, nor will we be able to see Facebook. We are committed to this technology and we are committed to protecting it globally.” Last wrote on Twitter last Friday.
– Will Cathcart (cwcathcart) January 8, 2021
On January 8, several media (including Observer) Announced WhatsApp will launch to force users to share personal data with Facebook. As of that date, the General Regulation on Data Protection, which came into force in 2018, prohibits the sharing of user data with third parties in the EU, i.e. with a company led by Mark Zuckerberg. Therefore, the EU was excluded from this division and the United Kingdom.