Alternative messaging apps, Telegram and Signal have reveled in the backlash towards Whatsapp, creating memes and crafting messages to attract users who have been downloading the apps in droves.
Both apps have seen a surge in user registration and have consistently highlighted the need for a more secure messaging app.
The calls and backlash have prompted Whatsapp to reassure their clients of any misinformation regarding the data sharing policy.
Through Twitter, it clarified that neither Whatsapp nor Facebook can see your private messages or listen to your calls. They also do not keep a log of your contacts who are calling or messaging and do not store information regarding your location.
They also said that Whatsapp does not share your contacts with Facebook and that Whatsapp groups will remain private. In addition to this, Whatsapp reminded its users of the disappearing messages feature which they can use for added privacy as well as the option to download data.
The latest update is delivered through a pop up message alerting users of app’s intention to share their data with Facebook. What has irked many however, is the fact that users must agree to the update or lose their accounts effective February 8, 2021.
We want to address some rumors and be 100% clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption. pic.twitter.com/6qDnzQ98MP
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021
Whatsapp’s website describes the information Whatsapp shares with Facebook as below.