WhatsApp is updating its Privacy policy again

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With more than 2 billion active users per month – and with only Facebook ahead in terms of massive use – it is normal that any change in WhatsApp generates a gigantic drag current. But what the app suffered last February is something else: it is a mass exodus, with many people uninstalling and deleting their accounts to switch to other messaging applications such as Telegram or Signal.

But why?

The new conditions of use of WhatsApp

It all starts right after Reyes, on January 8: The app undergoes a modification in its Conditions and Privacy policy that involves the sharing of data with Facebook. In other words: if you do not accept that your WhatsApp data is shared with the Facebook social network, you will not be able to continue using WhatsApp. Keep in mind that the app collects data from you every time you use it, and potentially these are the ones that would pass from WhatsApp to Facebook.

And it is that the tone also has its importance, because Facebook does not give you to choose, but it imposes: either you accept it, or the only alternative that the social network offers is that you unsubscribe your WhatsApp account. From here, things skyrocket, and even personalities like Elon Musk come out advising you to delete your WhatsApp and switch to other apps like Signal, much safer and without the shadow of Facebook around.

Conditions poorly explained?
Days later, Facebook itself defended itself, pointing out that this data sharing -for purposes such as customizing ads- would only be collected from those chats or information shared with those companies or companies that use WhatsApp Business.

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Basically, the company wants to make it clear that at no time will our calls or private messages be recorded, nor that it will share this type of information with Facebook. It will only collect certain information from communications with companies through WhatsApp Business for the sole purpose of displaying related or personalized advertising.

New Terms and Privacy of WhatsApp, take 2

In a statement on its official blog, WhatsApp wanted to “clear up any confusion” after what happened. And for this reason, during the next few weeks a banner will appear on the list of chats when you open WhatsApp, with a link in which the application will inform you of all the details about the changes carried out on its new Conditions and Privacy policy. And “after a while – which they do not clarify exactly – we will begin to remind users to review and accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp.”

Another point on which the statement wants to influence is the fact that WhatsApp does not charge users: “Every day millions of people choose to communicate with companies on WhatsApp because it is easier than calling them by phone or exchanging messages by email. We charge companies (not users) for using WhatsApp to provide that customer service. Some purchasing functions are integrated with Facebook so that companies can manage their inventories through the applications. This is indicated directly in WhatsApp so that people can choose if they want to communicate with companies or not. “

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