In early January, WhatsApp announced a major update to its terms of service. From now on, the messaging system will share certain data with Facebook, its parent company. Concretely, the social network will be able to access conversations with companies. In case of refusal of these new conditions, WhatsApp threatened to delete users’ accounts.
WhatsApp pushes back controversial update of its terms of service
“We have decided to move back the date when users will be asked to review and agree to the terms. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8“ WhatsApp announces in a long post on its official website. Initially, data sharing with Facebook was indeed due to start on February 8, 2021.
“We understand the confusion surrounding the recent update. A lot of misinformation circulated, which created concern. We want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts ” details the messaging application. To justify his decision, WhatsApp points to the emergence of a lot of false information about this controversial update. The service is committed to closely monitoring the emergence of such misinformation and providing clear and precise feedback.
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Finally, note that WhatsApp reminds once again that Facebook is unable to view users’ private messages. By evoking again the “End-to-end encryption” messages, the Californian firm seeks to drown the fish. Indeed, it is not the encryption that currently worries WhatsApp users, but the sharing of data with Facebook, a social network known to sell the data of its members to advertising firms.