WhatsApp, in their blogpost, also took a dig at other companies which tried to take advantage of this situation. They said, “During this time, we understand some people may check out other apps to see what they have to offer. We’ve seen some of our competitors try to get away with claiming they can’t see people’s messages — if an app doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption by default that means they can read your messages. Other apps say they’re better because they know even less information than WhatsApp. We believe people are looking for apps to be both reliable and safe, even if that requires WhatsApp having some limited data. We strive to be thoughtful on the decisions we make and we’ll continue to develop new ways of meeting these responsibilities with less information, not more.”
They are obviously referring to Telegram here as Signal also offers end-to-end encryption by default, whereas in Telegram, you have to turn it on for each chat manually. We now just have to wait and see how people react to WhatsApp’s decision, where however they explain it, they still don’t seem to give users a direct option to stop sharing their data with Facebook after this update.
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