Facebook has proved too good to be true for the famous quote “If you don’t pay for the product, you are the product”. The alarm bells had already rung when Mark Zuckerberg announced to acquire WhatsApp in 2014. While WhatsApp was offering end-to-end encryption services ensuring user’s data privacy. Facebook, on the other hand, was called on by Congress in the senate for violating data privacy in the “Cambridge Analytica” scandal.
Business Whatsapp vs Personal WhatsApp
There are many features that are provided on Business WhatsApp such as:
- Business profile
- Quick replies
- Greeting Message
- Away Message
- Interactive Business Message
- Contacts Labels
- Message Stats
- Facebook Shops Integration etc.
Business profiles are made for companies that are going to bring a lot of business to WhatsApp in the future. There is a strong possibility that Business profiles could be promoted to personal Whatsapp users but it hasn’t been announced yet in this update.
Stakeholders Who Could Take Control Of Your Data
The policy update mentions that the data will be shared across Facebook Company Products. The link only lists five of the company products at the moment which includes:
- Facebook Payments Inc.
- Oculus Rift
Whatsapp Payments & Your Information
WhatsApp payment is recently introduced to help businesses manage their payments. The policy clearly states that payment information of the customers is also collected and shared across Facebook-owned platforms.
The number one objective for Facebook over the years has been advertisements. Although, it is not mentioned in this release. However; it is also hinted that this could be on the cards if decided it would be updated in the future updates.
Advantage of being an Apple User
Apple products are notorious for their overpriced products. However, the latest iOS 14 update has enabled amazing features, which would indicate if any of the apps on your iPhone are using your mobile phone’s resources. Such as a green notification light will turn on if your camera is being used by an app. A mic icon would appear in the status bar if it is being used by any app. Apple users are happy that Apple is leading the case for their data and privacy protection as they already took up Facebook for their ads policy and user’s privacy. Apple is also forcing the platforms to inform their users about which data and information is being collected from them.
What Are Alternative Platforms & How to Properly Delete Your WhatsApp Account
If privacy is a big issue and concern to you. Simply deleting the app from your phone won’t work. You have to delete your WhatsApp account from the in-app feature. Otherwise, the data would be stored as mentioned in the policy:
The two best alternates at the moment are:
Signalapp has recently entered the market on December 17, 2020. After being endorsed by tech giants like Elon Musk & Edward Snowden. Users have literally flooded to the Signalapp platform. In a recent tweet, Signal admitted that so many users are registering on the platform that their infrastructure has hardly been able to manage them. They are trying to resolve and improve their services at the moment.
Verification codes are currently delayed across several providers because so many new people are trying to join Signal right now (we can barely register our excitement). We are working with carriers to resolve this as quickly as possible. Hang in there.
— Signal (@signalapp) January 7, 2021
Telegram has been in the market for quite some time and also has an established 2 billion user base. It was released on August 14, 2013. Some key features of the telegram are:
- Chat Folders Option
- Add Nearby People and Group Option
- Edit Sent Messages Option
- Send Silent Messages Option
- Schedule Messages Option
- Delete Sender’s Message Option
- Self-destruct Media in Normal Chats Option
- Edit Videos Option
Twitter users have stormed in against the policy update. #WhatsappNewPolicy and #WhatsappPrivacy have become top trends. Big voices are also turning up against WhatsApp as the recently turned World’s richest person and tech tycoon Elon Musk has cast his vote in favor of Signalapp. Which is a big discredit and red flag to WhatsApp.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
The SignalApp company’s stocks have also touched the sky by going up to 124.47% following just one tweet.
Edward Snowden, the renowned computer analyst, and whistleblower has also endorsed Elon by retweeting and mentioning Signalapp’s official Twitter handle to help users find the platform.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) January 7, 2021
Social media users are clearly not happy. They are enraged how Facebook could retract from their statement that they will not merge WhatsApp with Facebook. Users are posting screenshots of deleting their WhatsApp accounts:
While some have turned this around to a funny meme battle.
Final Thoughts & Suggestions
Nonetheless, there are alternatives out there. The best way to make WhatsApp top-tier leadership realize is to move to other platforms. I hope the time comes when the laws are legislated to not compromise our data and information without our permission.