Facebook and WhatsApp have been trying to make it clear that the app does not have access to private messages, calls, groups, location data, or contact lists. The app also continues to remind users that all messages are end-to-end encrypted.
We want to address some rumors and be 100% clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption. pic.twitter.com/6qDnzQ98MP
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021
Facebook executives and WhatsApp’s current head Will Cathcart have tried to clear up the situation on social media, but with little success. Facebook’s poor track record when it comes to privacy and the fact that you can no longer choose between sharing WhatsApp data with Facebook or not has made the situation much worse.
We’re now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms.