The messaging app has then listed all the things that have changed and what hasn’t. In the ads, WhatsApp said that they and Facebook even couldn’t see your location.
“WhatsApp cannot see your private chats or hear your calls and neither can Facebook: every private message, video, photo, voice message and document you send your family, friends, and co-workers in one-on-one or group chats is secured by end-to-end encryption. It stays between you”.
On the other hand, the social media giant said,
“WhatsApp groups remain private; we use group membership to send messages and to protect our service from spam and abuse. We don’t share this data with Facebook for ad purposes. Again, these private messages are end-to-end encrypted, so we can’t see”.
“We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp, which is optional and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data.”
WhatsApp claimed that it doesn’t share contacts with Facebook or any other apps. It seems that WhatsApp trying to convince users that their chats are secure and safe. It is ridiculous that an online messaging app resorting to using a print ad in newspapers hasn’t fled anyone, and many took to social media to call it out.