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This article has been translated from our English edition.
Original note on PCMag
The app from Facebook adds a banner Whatsapp Over the next two weeks, it will be highlighted that WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption will remain in place for your chats with friends and family. According to Will Cathcart, director of WhatsApp, the privacy of your personal conversations will therefore not change at all.
“The first and most important thing is that WhatsApp can not read your personal messages and we can not listen to your personal calls,” he said in a video on Thursday.
We’re doing more to explain how WhatsApp continues to protect people’s privacy, and that’s where I wanted to share our plans first pic.twitter.com/ja6tqGZ3yi
– Will Cathcart (@wcathcart) February 18, 2021
At the same time, users can specify that they never want to communicate with a company in the application. “You are in control. It’s up to you to share your number with a company or not and you can always block a company,” adds the FAQ section.
However, the controversy centers around the lack of trust in Facebook and possibly tech companies in general. Hence, WhatsApp guarantees may not be enough to convince some users.