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WhatsApp clarifies new Terms of Service and criticizes Telegram

WhatsApp will enforce the new Terms of Service and Privacy Policy on May 15, 2021. In the meantime, users will be invited to accept the new terms through a “pop-up“or prompt as soon as they open the app for Android and iOS.

These changes will have greater effects outside the European Union. Among us, in UK the user is protected by the General Data Protection Regulation that essentially prevents the instant communications platform from abusively harvesting its metrics. It is important to underline that in Europe little, if anything, will change from May 2021.

WhatsApp presents new explanations about its update


Through a publication on the WhatsApp blog the company again hits key points such as the danger of false news, or erroneous information, pointing the finger at the tabloids that capitalized on the fears of users.

WhatsApp’s “debacle” occurred in early January, shortly after announcing the change to its privacy policy. Immediately, changes in the platform’s operating policy were associated with reading messages and user content.

The case escalated quickly and prompted an authentic exodus from WhatsApp to rival platforms such as Signal and Telegram. The platform was slow to react, although now it is totally dedicated to restoring the truth and clarifications.

WhatsApp clarifies changes and throws splinters at Telegram

“We’ve seen some of our competitors claim with impunity that they can’t see people’s messages. If an application doesn’t offer peer-to-peer encryption by default, it means they can read your messages.” points out the company.

The above excerpt is a splinter launched at Telegram, a platform where end-to-end encryption is present in Secret Conversations, but not in normal chats. Something that can make this alternative more prone to attacks.

In view of this, the Facebook group company says that “Personal messages will always be encrypted point to point, so WhatsApp cannot read or listen to them.”, Thus ensuring respect for users’ communications.

Signal is the company that collects less data about the user

“Other applications claim to be better because they know much less information than WhatsApp. We believe that people are looking for applications that are reliable and secure, even if that means allowing WhatsApp access to some limited data.” can be read on the platform blog.

WhatsApp admits to collecting more data about the user, doing so to enhance the productivity, convenience and even the security of its instant communications platform.

On the other hand, WhatsApp wants to decrease data collection. “We strive to make judiciously thoughtful decisions and will continue to develop new ways to fulfill these responsibilities. with less information and not more. “

Communication with companies on WhatsApp motivated the changes

Finally, it is important to clarify why WhatsApp felt the need to change its terms of service and privacy. This is due to the need and willingness to give more tools to companies so that they can establish a channel of contact with customers. For companies this will be a way to monetize their free and apparently unprofitable service.

Remember that we are creating new ways to buy and chat entirely optional with a company on WhatsApp. Personal messages will always be encrypted point-to-point, so WhatsApp cannot read or listen to them.

WhatsApp will continue to release information notes in order to clarify various aspects of its operation.

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