The WhatsApp platform announced that it will delay the implementation of its new privacy policies, which would be applicable from February 8. The reason for this decision was due to the response it had from users, who consider that a clear explanation is required about the data that is collected and under what mechanisms does this information get to Facebook Inc., the parent company that groups WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram, among others.
Precisely, one of the most significant reactions from WhatsApp users was that they began to look for other messaging options, such as Signal, which in recent days achieved more than 100,000 downloads.
WhatsApp will not implement its new policies in February. Photo: Pixabay
This Friday, the company pointed out that it is about confusion and misinformation about the content of its new policies, and indicated that it will seek to make the public understand why these modifications were established.
It will be until May 15 when the deadline for users to accept these new rules and to continue using the app ends. For now, the company will answer any questions about these modifications.
The mechanics of end-to-end encrypted messages, as in the case of WhatsApp, is that only the sender and the recipient of the information can see the content. However, the company seeks to position itself with messaging for companies, which would use servers that belong to Facebook to store messages. And this is where the concern arose that Facebook might have access to private messages from WhatsApp users.
The courier company has rejected this version, reiterating that the information that is exchanged between family members or private communication will remain secret. In addition, it has indicated that the changes will not increase its current ability to deliver the data to Facebook.
It is not the first time that Facebook Inc. has been affected by issues related to privacy vulnerabilities. In 2019, the company was sanctioned and forced to pay 5 billion dollars after it came to light that a year earlier it allowed access to the personal data of its users, for political purposes.
Apparently, the new challenge for WhatsApp will be to convince that it is still a safe option, so that users do not go away with the competition. For now, Telegram, Signal and other apps, hope to share a part of this market that represents a very attractive profit.
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