According to a screenshot posted on Signals’ Twitter Account, downloads of the app on the Google Play Store jumped from ten million into more than 50 million in a single day on January 12 and that caused the app to crash.
Apple CEO; Tim Cook has once said, in his 2018 keynote address at a privacy conference in Brussels. “Every day, billions of dollars change hands, and countless decisions are made, on the basis of our likes and dislikes, our friends and families, our relationships and conversations, our wishes and fears, our hopes and dreams. These scraps of data, each one harmless enough on its own, are carefully assembled, synthesized, traded, and sold.”
Facebook was framing the dispute as one that will harm millions of small businesses that use its social networks to reach potential customers, and alleges that Apple is making it harder for advertisers to track consumers in order to boost its own profits. The company went to as far as publishing a page on its site featuring testimonials from SMB customers who claim their businesses will be hurt by the iOS 14 privacy feature changes.
Today, Facebook appalling track record on privacy and its reputation for befuddling changes to its various terms of service agreements has resulted in a full-blown Whatsapp backlash that has users run away to competitors like signal and telegram.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has even jumped into the fray tweeting last week “Use Signal to his more than 42 million followers and consequently Signal has become one of the most downloaded apps on Android and IOS.
WhatsApp executives, as well as Instagram chief Adam Mosseri and Facebook AR / VR head Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, are now trying to set the record straight, perhaps a little too late.
“We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp, which is optional, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data,” the company writes on the new FAQ page.
The company also stresses in the FAQ that neither Facebook nor WhatsApp read users’ message logs or listen to their calls, and that WhatsApp doesn’t store user location data or share contact information with Facebook
WhatsApp chief Will Cathcart also posted on Twitter trying to explain what’s actually going on.
“With end-to-end encryption, we cannot see your private chats or calls and neither can Facebook. We’re committed to this technology and committed to defending it globally,” Cathcart wrote. “It’s important for us to be clear this update describes business communication and does not change WhatsApp’s data sharing practices with Facebook. It does not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family wherever they are in the world.”
The update does not change WhatsApp’s data-sharing practices with Facebook and does not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family wherever they are in the world. WhatsApp remains deeply committed to protecting people’s privacy. We are communicating directly with users through WhatsApp about these changes so they have time to review the new policy over the course of the next month.”