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WhatsApp says individual chats protected as users shun platform


Facing intense criticism over its upcoming policy on February 8 as users leave the platform for rivals Telegram and Signal, WhatsApp on Tuesday issued a clarification, saying that individual chats would not be affected by the changes.

“We want to address some rumours and be 100 per cent clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption,” the micro-blogging platform said in a tweet.

In a separate blog, WhatsApp head Will Cathart said that the policy update describes business communication and adds transparency.

“It does not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family,” Cathart said.

WhatsApp said that it uses group membership to deliver messages and to protect the service from spam and abuse.

“We don’t share this data with Facebook for ads purposes. Again, these private chats are end-to-end encrypted so we can’t see their content,” the company stressed.

WhatsApp asserted that neither ...


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