WhatsApp has tweeted clarifying its stand on user data and privacy in hopes to reassure users that their messages are still safe.
WhatsApp in its tweet highlighted points on private messages, group chats, contacts, calls, and data. It said neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can access your private messages or hear your calls. WhatsApp also said it does not keep a track on your calls, and does not share your contacts with Facebook. It also highlighted that your shared location remains hidden, and so does group chats.
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 also pointed out that you can set your messages to disappear, and you can also download your data. WhatsApp late last year introduced this feature that self-destructs messages after seven days. WhatsApp also has this option for users to download their data.
It looks like users are still not convinced despite WhatsApp’s repeated clarifications based on the replies to its latest tweet. WhatsApp users have also been flocking to privacy-focused apps, Signal and Telegram. Both apps have become the top free apps in India, and more countries.