WhatsApp wrote in the “Security and Privacy” section on its website, “Given the rumors of these updates, we would like to answer some common questions that we received.”
No impact on privacy
“We would like to confirm that the policy update does not affect the privacy of the messages you exchange with your friends or family,” she added.
“WhatsApp” confirmed on its website that the changes contained in the update relate only to “exchanging messages with commercial activities on WhatsApp, which is an optional matter”, explaining that the purpose is “to enhance transparency” regarding the way the company collects and uses data.
India..the largest base for WhatsApp
The group, which is making its huge profits from targeted advertising, seeks to generate cash revenues by allowing advertisers to communicate with their customers through WhatsApp, or even sell their products directly through it, which is what the network has started in India, which has the largest number of application users by about 400 million .
And “WhatsApp” sought to reassure its anxious users in India by publishing a full-page message in the Wednesday newspapers, in which it affirmed its keenness to respect their privacy.
The WhatsApp service, which Facebook bought in 2014, has built its reputation specifically on protecting data. The updates caused a sensation through social media, such as Tesla chief Elon Musk, who called in a tweet for the use of “Signal”.
However, the attempt to correct it was somewhat delayed, as the correspondence services “Signal” and “Telegram” witnessed record turnout since Thursday.
“The number of active Telegram users per month exceeded 500 million in the first week of January, and then the numbers continued to rise, as 25 million new users joined the service in the past 72 hours,” Russian Telegram founder Pavel Durov said on his network. “.
He highlighted that it is a “significant increase from last year,” explaining that “Telegram” previously witnessed sudden waves of subscriptions throughout its “seven years in protecting the private lives of its users, but this time it is different.”
Signal and Telegram are among the applications that have the largest number of free downloads on the “Apple Store” and “Apple Play” in many countries.
In an effort to attract more new users, the Signal service has even taken the initiative to publish an educational program explaining to its affiliates how to easily transfer their group conversations from another messaging application.
The intensity of the new demand for the application has reached the point of causing technical problems on Thursday and Friday.
“The verification codes are currently delayed, because many people are trying to join Signal at the present time,” said Signal.
The “Signal” service, launched in 2014, is ranked by experts among the most secure messaging applications in the world, thanks to its ability to fully encrypt messages and communications by voice or video.
Safety is a priority
As for “Telegram”, which was founded in 2013 by brothers Pavel and Nikolai Dorov, who are also the creators of the famous Russian social network “Vkontakte”, it confirms that safety is its priority and refuses to cooperate with the authorities, which led to attempts to prevent it in some countries, especially in Russia.