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WhatsApp using Status Messages to update users about new privacy policy

The messaging app is now using the Status messages to update users about changes to its privacy policies.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | February 2, 2021 | Updated 09:52 IST

Highlights

  • WhatsApp has now found a new way of letting users know about the privacy policy.
  • WhatsApp is using status messages to give the correct information about its privacy policies to the users.
  • The status messages had already appeared in India quite a few times but now it has also started appearing in the United States and United Kingdom

WhatsApp has now found a new way of letting users know about the privacy policy. The messaging app is now using the Status messages to update users about changes to its privacy policies. Interestingly, the new privacy policies and new terms of service had sent a lot of users to other messaging apps including Telegram and Signal.

The status messages had already appeared in India quite a few times but now it has also started appearing in the United States and United Kingdom. One of the status messages that appeared recently on WhatsApp read, "One thing that isn't new is our commitment to your privacy. WhatsApp can't read or listen to your personal conversations as they're end-to-end encrypted." You can spot the statuses by WhatsApp on the top of all the messages of your contacts.

"There's been a lot of misinformation and confusion around our recent update and we want to help everyone understand the facts behind how WhatsApp protects people's privacy and security. Going forward, we're going to provide updates to people in the Status tab so people hear from WhatsApp directly. Our first update reaffirms that WhatsApp cannot see your personal messages and neither can Facebook because they are protected by end-to-end encryption," a WhatsApp spokesperson told Verge about the new move by WhatsApp.

WhatsApp is using status messages to give the correct information about its privacy policies to the users. There has been a lot of misconceptions about how this privacy policy will share the personal conversation of users with Facebook. The company has outrightly denied doing so. However, this did not stop the users from migrating to other messaging apps including Telegram and Signal, which the users considered safer than WhatsApp. Taking cognizance of the matter, WhatsApp too had delayed rolling out its new terms of service and privacy policies.

As per a study conducted by Gurgaon-based Cybermedia Research (CMR), 79 percent of users are reconsidering using WhatsApp but 29 percent of users are quite determined to leave once the privacy policy comes into effect. The study revealed that 49 percent users are angry, 45 percent users are not willing to trust WhatsApp again while 35 percent of users feel that their trust has been breached. Only 10 percent of users do not have a say about WhatsApp's new policies.

The study has also revealed that not Signal but Telegram is being preferred by the users who are looking to migrate from WhatsApp. Telegram has been chosen by over 41 percent of users as their messaging app while Signal, despite all the promises related to privacy, has been chosen by 35 percent of users.

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