Whatsapp is a social media platform where users get to communicate with each other. The app is designed for users to interact with their family, friends, clients, and even business partners. Not only can you chat on WhatsApp, but you can as well make voice records and video calls on the platform.
In all the app is very easy and fast to access as it delivers messages in less than a second. Now, the company is set to delay privacy changed amid ‘confusion’ about Facebook data-sharing.
Whatsapp Delays Privacy Changes Amid ‘Confusion’ About Facebook Data-Sharing
Whatsapp Delays Privacy Changes Amid ‘Confusion’ About Facebook Data-Sharing. The company says it is going to delay a new privacy change that was originally supposed to be scheduled to go into effect on the 8th of February, 2021. Following the global confusion over if the new policy by WhatsApp would warrant sharing of data with Facebook.
In fact, this update does not affect data sharing with Facebook with regards to the chats of users. Or even other profile information. Repeated times, Whatsapp has clarified that its latest update conveys business chats. In the event that a user interacts with the customer service platform of a company via Whatsapp.
Here is what Whatsapp wrote in a new blog post published:
“We’ve heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update. There’s been a lot of misinformation causing concern and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts”.
The Company has distributed some information with Facebook
Since 2016, Whatsapp has distributed some kind of information with Facebook. Not excluding your mobile number, only if you were among the few select users who decided to opt-out of data sharing. While the option was still accessible during that year.
However, WhatsApp does not look into people’s chat neither does he listens to their phone calls. Also, all conversations on Whatsapp are end-to-end encrypted to secure you against all that.
Even with that. A pop-up notification telling users of the latest change added mention of how Whatsapp cooperates with Facebook. Not only that, but it also added a warning telling users to wipe out their accounts. If they decided not to adhere to the new terms.
And that gave people the insights that they were being pushed into new, more interfering terms.
Whatsapp released a different blog post trying to get to the bottom of the disorientation. And it as well added a chart that identifies what information is secured. And not distributed when someone makes use of Whatsapp.
Facebook executives, not excluding Instagram chief Adam Mosseri and Whatsapp head Will Cathcart used Twitter. As a means of trying to resolve the skepticism, and it seems with little success.
The poor privacy track record of Facebook, as well as the fact that WhatsApp has for a time now. Turned its sights on monetizing the platform for its wide user base, which has destroyed trust in the chat app. Which, in turn, has seen the effect of changing a closely uninteresting update into a global controversy.
The company mentions that it is now going to make use of this 3 months delay. To better interact with both the changes in its latest policy as well as its long-standing privacy practices around. Location sharing, personal chats, and other sensitive data too.
The comment Whatsapp made in a Blog Post
Here is what is contained in the blog post:
“We’re now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms”.
Whatsapp also mentioned that nobody will be deprived of access to the app if they decide not to accept the new terms of service that it has made.
The company says:
“We’re also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation. Around how privacy and security work on Whatsapp. We’ll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace. Before new business options are available on May 15”.
In a nutshell, here is what the company said about the new update:
“The update includes new options people will have to message a business on Whatsapp. And provides further transparency about how we collect and use data. While not everyone shops with a business on Whatsapp today. We think that more people will choose to do so in the future and its important people are aware of these services.
This update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook”.