The changes in the policy have raised concerns regarding the app’s ability to protect user’s data. Following backlash, WhatsApp had said earlier, “We go to great lengths to build WhatsApp in a way that helps people communicate privately. 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,” it said.
Now, to clarify its stance regarding the changes in policy, the instant messaging application said, “We want to address some rumors and be 100 percent clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption.” With the Tweet, WhatsApp has now categorically addressed the concerns of the users by clarifying that:
- WhatsApp cannot see your private messages or hear your calls and neither can Facebook.
- WhatsApp does not keep logs of who everyone is messaging and calling.
- WhatsApp cannot see your shared location and neither can Facebook.
- WhatsApp does not share your contacts with Facebook.
- WhatsApp groups remain private.
- The user can set their messages to disappear.
- The user can download their data.