The app has collected 1.5 billion monthly active users over the years, making it the most used messaging service.
You must now know that Facebook – the parent company of WhatsApp Inc. since 2014 – under fire lies Privacy control because of his laxity. Reportedly, Facebook also uses keywords from personal messages sent via the FB Messenger for targeted advertisements.
On the other hand, WhatsApp has remained ad-free with Mark Zuckerberg, which ensures that Facebook does not read or spy on their messages
WhatsApp & # 39; s co-founder, Jan Koum, was appointed as part of the board of directors of Facebook when his company was bought by Mark Zuckerberg.
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Jan Koum recently announced his resignation to Facebook and internal reports suggest that he did this about a conflict between the idea of him and Mark Zuckerberg of respecting the privacy of users.
Koum grew up in the Soviet Union, where citizens are heavily controlled by the government, he has therefore always been a defender of privacy and had the same idea in mind when he built Wha. tsApp. When Facebook took over WhatsApp in 2014, Jan Koum said,
Respect for your privacy is encoded in our DNA and we have built WhatsApp around the target to know as little as possible about you. If partnering with Facebook meant that we had to change our values, we would not have done it.
He promised to keep WhatsApp messages decentralized, end-to-end encrypted and completely private. The scandal of Cambridge Analytica revealed gaps in Facebook's privacy control and ensured that the social networks focused on selling user data to advertising agencies. Koum decided instead of his & # 39; values & # 39; to change, to separate instead.
Engineers at WhatsApp, according to the York Times, believe that Facebook could use the app to track user data and use it to display ads now that Koum has disappeared.
WhatsApp has refused to comment when asked about his position on privacy issues in the future. This may be a good time to switch to another, more secure app. Telegram has good security features and speed, but it is blocked in Pakistan.
You can try Signal (Android, iOS), it's free, fast and also comes with end-to-end coding. If you want to go a step higher, Threema (Android, iOS) is a good (but paid) alternative that primarily focuses on encryption and user security, it costs Rs. 320. Apple's own iMessage also works just as well and you can fully switch to it if you're an iPhone user. However, with Apple's iCloud vulnerable to attack, it is unpredictable when your data may be compromised.
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