The WhatsApp messaging service announced on Friday that it would delay changes to new business features after people around the world criticized the new policy.
The Facebook-owned company said it is “going to do a lot more to clear up misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp.”
Privacy rights activists heavily criticized the WhatsApp changes, saying it was the latest step showing Facebook’s poor handling of user data.
The real issue was a far larger than expected exodus of users to services like Signal and Telegram. I doubt Facebook will actually make any meaningful changes – instead, we’ll see a different tone or wording.
I agree. Often times corporations back off only to attempt their agendas again when the heat dies down. Regardless, it shows how import a role the media (including yourself) play in all of this. If not for the media, consumer advocates wouldn’t really get a voice.
It did not help that Signal was actually pretty good. Half of my contacts seem to have migrated already, and the rest will probably follow suite.
I had no brand loyalty to WhatsApp other than having my friends and family there, and having end-to-end encryption. Once the privacy is being reduced, so are my ties to the app.
Well, at least I am going to try to switch to Signal and Telegram. But I cant see anything about E2E encryption in Telegram. There is no notification like in Whatsapp.
Close friends are no problem. They do install Telegram. But people who are in Whatsapp but are not very often contacted are a problem. And how will I explain this to my parents? My mother (84) is so proud she can use Whatsapp on het tablet with 4g.
I tried/installed elements.io, but I have no idea how to connect Whatsapp with their bridge.