WhatsApp, the encrypted messaging app that sells itself as a privacy-centric service, will force users to share personal information with Facebook its parent company

In an announcement sent to users on Wednesday, WhatsApp said that users must consent to Facebook and its affiliates collecting WhatsApp data, including users’ phone numbers, contact phone numbers, location, and more

The move prompted users to delete their WhatsApp accounts and switch to smaller encrypted messaging apps like Signal and Telegram

“Signal and Telegram are now better alternatives if you are concerned about your privacy,” tweeted TechCrunch editor Mike Butcher, who shared a head-to-head comparison of the data collected by WhatsApp with Signal and Telegram

Tesla billionaire Elon Musk was one of those who recommended users switch services by simply tweeting, “Use Signal”

Nine hours earlier, Musk apparently also criticized Facebook for the rioters who attacked the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday via a sardonic meme

Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014 and in 2016 gave users the one-time opportunity to opt out of sharing app data with Facebook WhatsApp was not immediately available to comment on why it had decided to override this


A WhatsApp spokeswoman told Ars Technica that the change is to allow companies to store WhatsApp chats over Facebook’s broader infrastructure

WhatsApp founders Brian Acton and Jan Koum started the company in 2017 and 2017, respectively Leaving 2018 Acton has spoken publicly about his departure following the decision to launch ads on WhatsApp and urging people to “delete Facebook” “

Koum’s departure was also surrounded by reports that he had conflicted with management over the company’s approach to protecting the privacy of users on WhatsApp

WhatsApp, Signal

World News – FI – WhatsApp is forcing users to share personal information with Facebook and Elon Musk is urging users to go to Signal, a smaller encrypted messaging app , switch

Source: https://www.businessinsider.com/whatsapp-forcing-users-to-share-personal-data-facebook-elon-musk-2021-1