Cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp, that was bought by Facebook in 2014, saw a gradual change in the way it accessed user data. The social networking company is now showing WhatsApp users a 'take it or leave it' option with the latest policy update. This comes in stark contrast with what the company initially promised back in 2014 during the acquisition by Facebook when WhatsApp assured its goal is to know “as little as possible”. While users were able to opt out until now, starting February 8, they will have only one solution, if they don’t want their data to be owned by the parent company - uninstall the app and stop using the service.
Since the announcement, anxious WhatsApp users are mulling to move to other messenger apps. They are doubting the new policy is a hindrance with their privacy. Doubts have cropped up in the minds of the people that all the data of the users using WhatsApp may be leaked. Privacy of the people may be over.
Signal and Telegram messaging apps are seeing a sudden increase in demand after larger rival WhatsApp's updated terms of service raised eyebrows on social media.
Is Signal app more secure than WhatsApp?
Signal offers to encrypt the past communication at app level, which WhatsApp lacks completely. Obviously this can protect your messages in case of theft however you probably won't gain that much security because most people will probably not choose good passwords here for usability reasons.
Why use Telegram over WhatsApp?
Even though WhatsApp has more than 1.3 billion users worldwide, the features offered by Telegram like secret chat, self-destructing messages, encrypted backup ensure more secured chats. Apart from security features, Telegram is also ahead of WhatsApp in terms of other features like Dark Mode and larger group capacity.
Seeing the intense backlash on social media worldwide after their announcement on 6 Jan 2021, WhatsApp said on 12 Jan 2021 that it will mainly share data related to how you interact with businesses on its app. The company also added that it will soon allow businesses to use Facebook’s hosting services to manage their communication with users. WhatsApp has said that it will add a label to businesses who use Facebook’s hosting services.
WhatsApp Business accounts will also be able to use Facebook’s Shops platform to display their products on WhatsApp. If you shop from businesses that are using the Shops platform, your shopping activity data will be shared with Facebook and it will be used to show ads on Facebook and Instagram
Additionally, Facebook will soon allow you to message businesses using WhatsApp using a button on its platform. When you message a business on WhatsApp, Facebook will be able to use this to data to show your similar ads on its platform.
While Facebook is not going to view your personal chats with friends and family, it will use your chats with businesses to show your more ads on Facebook, Instagram and other platforms from the company.
This means that while your personal data is still safe, your messages with businesses will soon be shared with Facebook.