According to reports, the status messages were seen by users in India, the United States and the United Kingdom. “One thing that isn’t new is our commitment to your privacy. WhatsApp can’t read or listen to your personal conversations as they’re end-to-end encrypted,” the platform said in one of these status messages. If you haven’t seen one yet, you will likely end up seeing them soon enough. The status message feature isn’t really the most used feature on WhatsApp anyway.
The company claimed this is another effort to clear miscommunication about the new feature. ”There’s been a lot of misinformation and confusion around our recent update and we want to help everyone understand the facts behind how WhatsApp protects people’s privacy and security. Going forward, we’re going to provide updates to people in the Status tab so people hear from WhatsApp directly. Our first update reaffirms that WhatsApp cannot see your personal messages and neither can Facebook because they are protected by end-to-end encryption,” the company said in a statement to The Verge.
Recent studies also show that users in India have been flocking to Signal and Telegram, two alternatives to the platform. One report also said that many users plan to leave the platform in May 2021, unless the company rolls back the changes, while others are swearing never to interact with a business on WhatsApp.
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