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background: people are extremely mad at WhatsApp privacy update and are flooding to other apps like Signal and Telegram as a result— rat king (@MikeIsaac) January 15, 2021
now, WhatsApp doing damage control to stem the tide of misinformation *about whatsapp* flooding through its service https://t.co/6GHWl2zBER
Thank you to everyone who’s reached out. We're still working to counter any confusion by communicating directly with @WhatsApp users. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on Feb 8 and we’ll be moving back our business plans until after May - https://t.co/H3DeSS0QfO— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 15, 2021
I will again say:— Shira Ovide (@ShiraOvide) January 15, 2021
1) WhatsApp wasn't clear what changed in its privacy practice and what didn't.
2) This wouldn't have happened if people didn't distrust Facebook. A hangover of 4 zillion scandals.
3) What if WhatsApp did the App Store "nutrition label" in its own app? https://t.co/D1HvcoF8qu
Regardless of the announced update, what kind of personal information does Whatsapp currently share with FB, according to its website?— Wolfie Christl (@WolfieChristl) January 15, 2021
- account+device info
- transaction data
- service-related information
- information on how you interact with others
Basically, all metadata. pic.twitter.com/mGTWip9UEz
fwiw, it's ironic as hell that a facebook property ended up sparking a massive misinformation campaign *about itself,* whatsapp knows what its policies mean. it knows that even if ppl aren't necessarily mad for the *right* reason, they have ample reason to rage quit the app— shoshana wodinsky (@swodinsky) January 15, 2021
So, Facebook lied to users and regulators.— Wolfie Christl (@WolfieChristl) January 15, 2021
According to the lawsuit, FB "took great pains to avoid negative press coverage" in 2016.
The Whatsapp founder was told to get not "too much into the weeds on the types of data we’re sharing" and instead prepare some "‘safe’ examples". pic.twitter.com/VK003jDXfy
Hard to overstate how big of a blunder this was from WhatsApp, and the long term damage it could still do to the app’s privacy reputation. Seems like Facebook’s efforts to monetize it are going to be difficult to pull off without pissing people off.— Alex Heath (@alexeheath) January 15, 2021
This is what they say. I don't trust in what they say, because I don't see GDPR enforcement.— Wolfie Christl (@WolfieChristl) January 16, 2021
Generally, I don't question their e2e encryption for content, even though @swodinsky has written about Whatsapp's "idea of baking a brand-sized loophole" into it: https://t.co/RcObW9qQ01
A good explanation of how your Whatsapp data with businesses was going to be used.https://t.co/4vOJBFjIgn— Madhu Menon (@madmanweb) January 16, 2021
TL;DR Don't talk to businesses using WA because adtech companies can use anything in that chat to target you with ads everywhere. Chats with friends still encrypted and OK.
Seriously. This is possibly the best article on this #whatsapp situation that could be written! @swodinsky deserves an award or at least an end-to-end encrypted messenger that's worthy. Also to whomever the editor was. https://t.co/0zGW2c1I7P— Matteo ( in individual capacity) (@geminiimatt) January 16, 2021
ive spent two years researching the minutiae of whatsapp's privacy policies / combing through every page its business-facing code / getting into shouting matches w random engineers over this shit— shoshana wodinsky (@swodinsky) January 15, 2021
this is the most comprehensive explanation you'll read 💃 https://t.co/bq08JKTk1V
I want to say that WhatsApp is responding to the backlash, has reflected & will change its data mining policy, but no, this is to allow people to forget & continue using their product. PR this. Facebook has learned nothing, will change nothing. The market will respond accordingly https://t.co/KmvQfDGgW9— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) January 16, 2021
I always wanted a world where privacy would become a competitive advantage. I'm not convinced it will ever be more important than that awesome new feature users want, but if one can build a great competitor that is *also* private, then yeah, maybe that wins. So good. https://t.co/iAZhqS2l6K— Ben Adida (@benadida) January 16, 2021
”When an encrypted chat platform that’s been widely praised by people in the privacy and security space very rudely announces it’ll be sharing your data—any data—with a company like Facebook, you can understand why that would raise some hackles.” https://t.co/BH4jbTQh0K— John Wilander (@johnwilander) January 15, 2021
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