On Friday WhatsApp, a Facebook-owned messaging platform said it conveyed to the government of India its commitment to protecting personal communications across the nation.
”We’ve also included more information to try and address concerns we’re hearing. Eventually, we’ll start reminding people to review and accept these updates to keep using WhatsApp,” it added. “As a reminder, we’re building new ways to chat or shop with a business on WhatsApp that are entirely optional. Personal messages will always be end-to-end encrypted, so WhatsApp can’t read or listen to them,” the statement further said.
This caused widespread panic over the nature of data that WhatsApp intends to share. This caused a global and users shifted to other messaging platforms in droves forcing the company to postpone the update till May 15. The company clarified that it will not read users’ personal chat or share the same with third parties.
“Your personal conversations are still protected by end-to-end encryption, which means no one outside of your chats, not even WhatsApp or Facebook, can read or listen to them,” it said in a statement clarifying that information sharing will instead pertain to users’ interaction with businesses.