Johannesburg – Millions of WhatsApp users have been left feeling on edge after the messaging app said that it will be sharing data with Facebook.
- Updates to WhatsApp’s service and how it processes your data
- How businesses can use Facebook hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats
- How WhatsApp will partner with Facebook to offer integrations across Facebook Company products.
According to reports, WhatsApp said that these changes will come into effect on 8 February 2021.
Furthermore, if users do not agree to these updates and new changes, WhatsApp will block users and not allow them to use the app anymore.
The messaging app which is available as a free download is used by millions of people globally.
Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014.
“This includes helping improve infrastructure and delivery systems, understanding how our Services or theirs are used, securing systems, and fighting spam, abuse, or infringement activities.”
WhatsApp has stated that messages and media shared via the app will not be shared with Facebook though.
“Nothing you share on WhatsApp, including your messages, photos, and account information, will be shared onto Facebook or any of our other family of apps for others to see, and nothing you post on those apps will be shared on WhatsApp for others to see,” Facebook said.
“Your messages are yours, and we can’t read them. We’ve built privacy, end-to-end encryption, and other security features into WhatsApp. We don’t store your messages once they’ve been delivered. When they are end-to-end encrypted, we and third parties can’t read them.”
Take a look at how some users reacted to the news on Twitter below:
— WITCHER😈 (@tweetsby_ak) January 8, 2021
WhatsApp’s New Updated Policy:
— TRUTH Leader (@leader_truth) January 8, 2021
— Fatima Raja (@F_Z1214) January 8, 2021
— Sucheta Mishra (@officialsuchi) January 8, 2021
— Adarsh Vardhan Srivastava (@I_am_AvTheGr8T) January 7, 2021
Once more, the whole of South Africa accepted the new WhatsApp terms and conditions without reading them.
— SUNFLOWER 🌻 (@Lisa_ZeGurl) January 7, 2021
I wonder if people in South Africa will delete their Whatsapp and switch to Signal🤔
— Name cannot be blank (@_________Numzzz) January 7, 2021
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