WhatsApp officials said that they will begin to share data from users with Facebook, their parent company. This made many people angry and two users from India decided to go to the High Court to solve the problem. The company said that it will not share user’s messages and their decision is only for advertising purposes. Moreover, WhatApp said that nobody is forced to use the app if they feel they are not safe.
People were upset because the app promised a few years ago that nothing will change, even if their parent company is Facebook. They feel like their privacy rights are vulnerable and now the social network it’s changing its mind. The representative of the company explained in Delhi High Court that messages will not be shared. Moreover, users will not have to worry about photos or documents because Facebook will not have access to them.
Even though WhatApp officials said that every person has the right to use the app or not, there are 100 million users in India every month. We know that the company can’t afford to lose them as India is one of the biggest markets on the planet. Of course, not all of them seem to care so much about their privacy.
India is not the only country who is concerned about WhatApp sharing data with Facebook. There are also groups in the United States who accused the company of not keeping its promises. Now data from users will be collected and used for marketing purposes, from September 25.
An important thing to know is that users who do not want to share their phone number with Facebook can choose this from their app settings. This could be one of the reasons why WhatsApp officials are not making a big deal of this change. It is users’ choice if they want to share information or not. Of course, the biggest problem is what will happen in the future. Although now they are not sharing the messages, many people do not trust anymore the company.
We will see what will happen in the future and what other changes this decision involves. WhatsApp should pay more attention to their users’ privacy or they will start losing them. What do you think? Are our messages in danger because of this decision?
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