WhatsApp officials appear before House panel over privacy policy change

Marco Green
January 24, 2021

The WhatsApp processor, owned by Facebook, announced that the wizard can only continue if it allows the use of user information, and that the WhatsApp wizard will not work from February 8 if not allowed. Messaging apps such as WhatsApp and its competitors Signal and Telegram offer free services to users. While it supports static stickers now, letting users share animated ones make their conversations more interesting. It has reportedly topped 500 million users, with 25 million users registering in three days as users flee WhatsApp. Do you think this app can replace WhatsApp?

Although WhatsApp dominates with nearly two billion users, it is seeing the resurgence of two potential competitors who promise something that has now been questioned in the Facebook system, such as privacy in their communications.

The day after WhatsApp saw a 7% decline in downloads, they tweeted an illustrated clarification list of their intentions with the new update.

The move, the spokeswoman said, is part of a previously disclosed move to enable businesses to store and manage WhatsApp chats using Facebook's infrastructure.

The new updates will not apply to users in the European Union or United Kingdom, as these have different privacy laws, but WhatsApp users everywhere else will have until May 15 to either accept the new terms of conditions or delete the app. A messaging platform is only as good as the number of people you know who use it. WhatsApp has more than 2 billion users. Facebook acknowledges that risk but also says that encryption is becoming the industry standard when it comes to communication tools and is a feature that most users expect of it. Facebook does not disclose revenue for WhatsApp, but it is understood by analysts to be a drop in the ocean compared to its potential.

Thus, the platform has introduced new features that put it at par with WhatsApp in some areas. "We are working on many more", he told news reports. Everyone benefits other than the person whose data is being exploited. Perhaps, George Orwell's dystopian fiction " Ninteen Eight-Four" has impressed on some schools of thought the possibility of an all-seeing Big Brother surveilling the activities of people globally. Signal could also add an "About" option that looks similar to the one on WhatsApp.

Which options should I go for?

WhatsApp says that it does not keep logs of who everyone is messaging or calling. In light of this piece, weigh out the pros and cons carefully. Many banks have already started offering their mobile banking services on whatsapp. "New servers are ready to serve you". None of its 20 members, which include Sudhir Krishnaswamy, the vice-chancellor of the National Law School of India University and co-founder of Centre for Law and Policy Research, are affiliated with Facebook or any other social media company.

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