WhatsApp latest privacy terms have caused an enormous backlash to the social messaging apps after the announcement recently. The privacy terms let users have no choice but to agree with the terms and conditions by February 8 this year. The backlash was very tremendous to the point some users choose to switch to other platforms such as Signal and Telegram.
This online protest has managed to give enough pressure for WhatsApp to delay their update to at least for three months.
In case for those who are still confused, the new terms by WhatsApp is basically they are bringing all the information we have on WhatsApp to Facebook. As a comparison, WhatsApp also been collecting more personal data than Telegram and Signal. These data are also allegedly said to be shared despite the claims that all private messages and conversations will stay private and it won’t be shared with anyone.
Based on a statement made by WhatsApp, this chaos might just be a misunderstanding. They made a point on how they will always keep personal conversations private with end-to-end encryption as well as not keeping log of everyone’s message and call.
However, to let the air clear for awhile as well giving time for people to adapt with the changes, WhatsApp is extending the date for people to accept to May 15 this year.
WhatsApp stands by its ground saying that the updates will let users to enjoy features mainly for businesses on WhatsApp. Transactions on WhatsApp is expected to increase in the upcoming time. WhatsApp also claimed they will pursue in providing details elaborately on how they manage our data.
So, in conclusion, is WhatsApp safe to be used? Just like any other apps, just be careful in using it. Don’t overshare something personal and most importantly to not to share your banking details as well as password.
Or, if hesitation and doubt still filling your heart, check our previous article on comparison between WhatsApp and Telegram. Hopefully it will help.