Because despite the backlash, WhatsApp is still determined to push through with its previously announced changes.
Here’s what you need to know.
WhatsApp Will Still Proceed with New Privacy Update & Will Display Banner in the App
According to an update on WhatsApp’s official blog, the app will be going ahead with its new privacy update despite the backlash.
However, this time, they’ll be going about it in a different way.
The previous announcement, WhatsApp claims, was met with a lot of “misinformation”, so this time, they’ll attempt to clear up the confusion in a few ways:
- Using the status function to update WhatsApp users about WhatsApp’s values and functions
- Placing a banner in the app which will provide more information on the new privacy update
- Include information to address people’s concerns
Eventually, the post said, the app will remind people to review and accept the changes to continue using the app.
WhatsApp also has harsh words for its competitors, which were alluded to, but not specified.
The messaging app pointed out that if a messaging app doesn’t have end-to-end encryption, it means your messages can be read, despite what is claimed.
WhatsApp also emphasised that people are willing to get a “safe” and “reliable” service, even at the expense of a messaging app having “limited” information.
Well, with this, we can safely say that, unless you’re living in Europe, you’ll have to accept the terms and conditions or move on.
The Privacy Update
For those who are still catching up, the change in privacy notice means that your information on WhatsApp will be shared with Facebook.
It was later clarified that private messages (such as your chat with a girlfriend badmouthing another girlfriend) will remain private.
You can read more about the privacy update here.
Oh, and for those interested, here’s how you can migrate your entire chat history to other apps.
No, we’re not telling you to jump ship; we’re just giving you the option.
After all, as this professor said, it’s users themselves who have to decide how much of a trade-off they want to make when it comes to their own personal data.
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