Will Cathcart, global president of WhatsApp, recently went public to reaffirm the position of the company he leads as a secure and more private platform than rival Telegram. He also pointed a finger at the misinformation that is rife on the Internet.
There is more security and privacy on WhatsApp than on Telegram
It was in a recent interview that the strong man of WhatsApp made known several points about his company. First, it revealed that since 2014, the date of the acquisition by Facebook, that the messaging platform has not registered visible profits.
For this reason, one of the company’s priorities is the Business platform, which wants to provide companies and businesses with a communication platform with customers. With more than two billion users – according to Statista – the potential for profitability is great. However, the company continues to prohibit any type of advertising presented to the user.
Users were bombarded with misinformation and sensationalism
The announcement was received in the worst possible way. The changes ignited and the Internet, buffeted by sensational titles that even in Europe promised an ultimatum. This could never happen due to the GDPR in force in the community. The damage was done.
Anyway, as we reported on a previous occasion, the exchange of user data with Facebook has already taken place since 2016. The application of the new Privacy Terms only puts on paper what, in practice, was already done by the social network.
Cathcart is vehement in stating that WhatsApp will not see messages exchanged, nor any communication from the user, being protected by end-to-end encryption. In all types of communication on WhatsApp, instead of Telegram which only presents this protection in secret chats. Something we also made known at 4gnews, on a previous occasion.
In the European Union we are protected by the GDPR
Until then, the company wants to combat misinformation and try to regain the trust of users who have been looking for alternatives such as Signal and, above all, Telegram. On the latter, Cathcart also expressed his conviction.
Cathcart has admitted sharing metadata with Facebook since 2016. He justified it by combating spam and mass messages. These purposes are only a fraction of the purposes underlying the sharing of these identifiers with the Facebook group.
The executive clarified that Facebook will start offering hosting companies and message management services to large companies using the Business API. Among these services are targeted advertising, target ads. That is the result of the new authorization to share this data with Facebook, so that it can deliver personalized ads.
More security and privacy on WhatsApp than on Telegram
Faced with the sudden popularity of Telegram and Signal, Cathcart defended his platform.
It did so by stating that your company’s privacy history is sound and that all of your communications are protected by end-to-end encryption.
The encryption key that protects messages, calls and any group sharing, not just private conversations. Only with the numeric key, or QR code, does the user have access to the content of what is sent by the users.
The executive stated that Telegram does not have this option – in fact, it does, but only in secret chats. He also pointed out that Telegram maintains a copy of the messages, “a real privacy and security problem”, especially if someone is able to hack and access their servers.
Cathcart sees Telegram more as a social network than as a messaging and communications application and platform.
Asked about Signal, the WhatsApp strongman acknowledged that his company collects more user data “but only those necessary to keep people safe and fight violations like mass shooting“, here referring to the metadata as the IP address.
The interview given by the company’s global manager comes at a time when WhatsApp is struggling to regain the trust of its users on the platform.
4gnews editors recommend:
*The article has been translated based on the content of https://4gnews.pt/whatsapp-mais-seguranca-que-telegram/ by 4gnews.pt
. If there is any problem regarding the content, copyright, please leave a report below the article. We will try to process as quickly as possible to protect the rights of the author. Thank you very much!
*We just want readers to access information more quickly and easily with other multilingual content, instead of information only available in a certain language.
*We always respect the copyright of the content of the author and always include the original link of the source article. If the author disagrees, just leave the report below the article, the article will be edited or deleted at the request of the author. Thanks very much! Best regards!