Over the years, WhatsApp has fought most privacy scares by just playing the same record in loop: The platform is end-to-end encrypted and that no third-party can read users’ chats. Even now, it is largely doing the same thing — but in a more clear cut language.
Taking on two of its biggest rivals Signal and Telegram, WhatsApp in a statement said that its competitors are trying “to get away with claiming they can’t see people’s messages.” The Facebook-owned messaging platform said, “If an app doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption by default that means they can read your messages.”
While WhatsApp is fine with its users exploring other chat apps, in its defence, the company claims that the data that it collects from users are required to make the platform free, safe and reliable.
“During this time, we understand some people may check out other apps to see what they have to offer…Other apps say they’re better because they know even less information than WhatsApp. We believe people are looking for apps to be both reliable and safe, even if that requires WhatsApp having some limited data,” says the company.
Having said that, it also reminded users that they are “building new ways” to chat or shop with a business on WhatsApp that are entirely optional. “Personal messages will always be end-to-end encrypted, so WhatsApp can’t read or listen to them,” it reiterated.
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