Facebook Plans to Delay Privacy Policy In WhatsApp After Users Started Shifting To Signal and Telegram

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Regarding the privacy policy in Whatsapp, the current decision by Facebook has caused a lot of users to shift from Whatsapp to Signal. Telegram, and some other rivals. Because of this shifting, Facebook is delaying the privacy update to its WhatsApp messaging service. People are shifting from WhatsApp because of fears of the changes.

The point to note is that WhatsApp is transferring its privacy policy update between Feb. 8 and May 15. On this date, users in order to continue using it have to agree to the terms of the policy.

Facebook said that it decided to delay the update so that it could address the “confusion” and “misinformation” about the planned policy change, which has made some users worry that WhatsApp would share more data with its parent company. 

WhatsApp Addresses Privacy Policy Update Following Surge in Signal and Telegram Users
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Facebook stressed that both WhatsApp and Facebook has no source to read private messages sent on the app, which encrypts the messages. Rumors that are vague have misinformed the users. Many users think that the planned changes would let Facebook read their personal chats. This has caused an uproar.

Statements By Facebook Regarding Whatsapp:

On the changes in the privacy policy in WhatsApp, Facebook had a lot to say. The privacy change is only about how people can “message a business on WhatsApp,” and the policy changes are merely intended to provide “further transparency about how we collect and use data”. The company said recently in a statement.

“We’re also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security work on WhatsApp,” the company further added. “We’ll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15”. It said.

For recent many days, rival private messaging apps and softwares like Signal and Telegram are witnessing extreme popularity and an intense amount of users. It has also increased furthermore due to campaigns driven by Trump supporters. These supporters are looking for alternatives to Facebook and Twitter. Actually, these have completely banned Trump for inciting violence recently.

Facebook is constantly saying that messages, voice calls, and video calls are totally encrypted. If we look into the data from the past many years, many privacy blunders have happened. This puts strains in companies reputation, especially in front of those, who already don’t trust it. The main reason behind this mistrust among other rivals and its users is politics.

We don’t know when exactly Facebook is planning to implement the privacy policy but it is and has definitely benefitted the rivals of the company.

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