The rival messaging network to the Facebook platform received 25 million new users in 72 hours.
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In recent days, WhatsApp has been going around on social networks and media due to the controversy that sparked a change in privacy terms and conditions where it emerged that the messaging application would share your information with Facebook , the conglomerate to which it belongs.
The blow to WhatsApp’s reputation has been strong enough for Will Cathart, director of the service, to release a statement assuring that the changes that were made will only apply to the WhatsApp Business branch and that conversations will continue to be encrypted.
What can WhatsApp do with my data?
According to the previous image, the conversations, calls, location of users and groups remain private and that whoever wishes can download their information from the platform.
Cathart remarked that the company does not even have access to the chats and calls of the 2 billion people around the world who use WhatsApp and therefore neither does Facebook and Instagram. That is, they will not keep a record of what you talk to your friends, family or co-workers.
It should be noted that WhatsApp accepts that the information that can be shared for marketing purposes with Facebook is that which is generated through the “Shops” platform that allows making purchases through the messaging service and this will be so that brands can show personalized ads on Facebook and Instagram. The company assured that it will always communicate with the user when the company with which it is maintaining contact has chosen to save its information in the Facebook host.
Communication from WhatsApp has been confusing, so we do not rule out further clarifications in the future.
How can I protect my information?
Changes to WhatsApp privacy will take effect until February 8, but if you wish you can configure your messages to “disappear” once they are received.
It remains to be seen if the exodus of users to Telegram does not increase.