Whatsapp, a Facebook-owned application, has now started posting status messages in order to reassure users about privacy. The status messages reflect the messages regarding “commitment to your privacy”, which means user’s privacy. Previously, after Whatsapp updated its privacy policies, people began to misunderstand and shifted themselves to other messaging apps like Signal and Telegram.

Whatsapp spokesperson told The Verge:

“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.”

Furthermore, he added:

“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.”

One of the major aim of Whatsapp behind putting status messages is to eliminate the misconception about the privacy policies of the app. According to the new update, Whatsapp reassures the users that the data will not be shared with Facebook. Moreover, the way people talk to their friends and family in private is not impacted by the updated policies. For example, Whatsapp can not see your shared location, neither it is shared to Facebook. The app can not track private chats and conversations. Moreover, it also does not track who is calling and the groups on Whatsapp remain private. The company has also updated their FAQ Page about the changes in privacy policy.

In the middle of this conflict between Whatsapp and its users, messaging apps such as Signal and Telegram has seen a rise in its users. Signal is also trying to enhance the experience of its users by bringing in Whatsapp like features.

Also read: Signal May Have Whatsapp Like Features to Enhance User Experience

Due to the privacy blunders and mistakes made by Facebook previously, it was very much understood on the part of users to misunderstand or misconceive the privacy policy. Hope that Whatsapp becomes successful in clearing out all the misconceptions users have about their privacy policy.


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