The company said it is seeking to clear up rumours Facebook would have access to users’ chats once the new terms come into effect next month. WhatsApp says that’s not the case and messages exchanged between users will continue to be end-to-end encrypted.
In an infographic posted to Twitter on, the company said: “WhatsApp cannot see your private messages or hear your calls and neither can Facebook.”
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It goes on to say neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can see your location, while WhatsApp will not share the user’s contacts with Facebook. It says WhatsApp groups will remain private, messages can still be set to disappear and that WhatsApp will not keep logs of who people are messaging or calling.
What exactly are users agreeing to? Well WhatsApp’s new terms of service states that the app is part of the Facebook family of companies and families share. Basically, it’s a big data sharing dinner party!
“We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customise, support, and market our Services and their offerings,” the new policy states.