What you need to know
- The Facebook-owned messaging app says the policy update does not affect the privacy of its users in any way.
- The only changes included in the policy update are apparently related to messaging a business on WhatsApp, which is an optional feature.
WhatsApp claims the policy update will not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. Since personal messages are protected by end-to-end encryption, neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can read your messages or see your shared location. Instead, the new policy update only includes changes related to messaging a business, a feature that is optional.
If you choose to use WhatsApp's commerce features, your shopping activity could be used to personalize your experience and the ads that are shown to you on Facebook and Instagram. Facebook may also use the way you interact with ads that have a button to message a business using WhatsApp to personalize the ads you see.
If you do not want Facebook to access any of your WhatsApp, the only option is to switch to a different messaging app. The two of the best options to consider right now are Signal and Telegram. While Telegram isn't nearly as secure as WhatsApp, Signal offers pretty much all the features that make WhatsApp so popular – including the same end-to-end encryption protocol.
It's Facebook; there is NO privacy. And their clarification is pretty muddy.
Anything Zuckerberg touches is stealing your data and selling it.
Companies he owns have been caught too many times stealing data even though they claim not to.
I'm getting most of my circle of contacts onto Signal. That's what I've been using.
It is what it is and nobody is bothered enough to go to all the trouble of getting their entire social circle to change onto other apps after all these years.
My international friends use WhatsApp, my nerdier friends use Telegram, my paranoid friends use Signal, my iPhone friends use iMessage and my nerdy Android friends in the US use Android Messages for RCS (5 total so I that is the fewest of all the groups). Messaging unification...
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