Users were informed that the application was going to be handling their data in a distinctive manner, revealing a new partnership with Facebook.
The article also highlights how this announcement also underscores a hard truth: “if you’re a WhatsApp user, you’re a Facebook customer, and while the two services have historically been quite distinct, the process of integration only moves in one direction.”
The Facebook-owned messaging service has already started sending out ultimatum-like pop-up messages to users in some regions, asking them to accept the new privacy regulations or risk losing their accounts. This did not sit well with consumers who started looking for alternatives to the application.
Given the fiasco, WhatsApp shared a clarification, saying the change in its recently revised policy “does not affect privacy of messages with friends or family”. “Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp.”
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