The popular messaging app first informed its Android and iPhone users about this upcoming change on Tuesday via an in-app pop-up wherein they were given an option to agree to the update directly.
WhatsApp: Privacy Coded Into Our DNA, No More?
However, the current version has wiped that away. Sure, WhatsApp will continue to remain an end-to-end encrypted chat app which means one cannot access a user’s messages or share it with someone else. But, with the new policy update coming into effect, there is a chance that the app increasingly relies on its parent company’s products to handle user data.
All in all, the move by Facebook to make sure WhatsApp updates its policies to share information with the parent company is not at all shocking as it was long anticipated.
Since he first acquired WhatsApp in 2014, Zuckerberg went on to express how Facebook wishes to monetize the app many times. This was also the primary reason which upset the app’s co-founders Brian Acton and Jan Koum who then proceeded to leave the company.
Facebook’s choosing to collect data from WhatsApp’s user base makes a lot of as of this moment because of the recent changes that will soon be implemented by Apple. As the iPhone-maker is on its way to cripple Facebook and other major advertisers alike, the social media behemoth surely would want to open another door for its advertisers and marketers to be able to profit off of!
Now, it remains to be seen how consumers at large react to these changes. Meanwhile, Tesla CEO Elon Musk who recently became the world’s richest man, took to his Twitter handle and asked his followers to use Signal instead of WhatsApp. And, guess what? The privacy-focused app has reported observing a surge of new sign-ups since this recent development.