WhatsApp gives in on its policy, fearing the exodus to Signal


The policy update has been postponed. A real admission of weakness.

Last week there was a massive exodus to Telegram and Signal for WhatsApp users. At issue: a new privacy policy chosen by Facebook, giving access to instant messaging data to the social network of the same name. Today, WhatsApp announces in a press release that the change will ultimately not take place.

The week had been difficult for WhatsApp which had decided, first of all, to play it transparent with press releases explaining its protection of privacy and encrypted messages. The strategy had not worked, and Signal continued to see its number of users grow , with a first position in the ranking of the most downloaded applications.

As an admission of weakness, WhatsApp resolved to say no: its new policy will not be implemented. Not yet, in any case. The controversial update may arrive in three months depending on the announced postponement. We know there has been confusion and misinformation about this update, and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts,” his team said.

Give up, rather than procrastinate

The update affected all WhatsApp users. Each country where messaging is present is affected, and some of them have reacted strongly. This is the case with Turkey. The country’s competition authority has opened an investigation into Facebook and WhatsApp and is asking companies to stop this information-sharing effort altogether.

Giving up its implementation rather than just procrastinating, Facebook could be led to make the decision quickly. The current suspicions of monopoly conduct of GAFA could motivate him even more. The wave of departure of users looking for alternatives to WhatsApp like Signal is not to be overlooked either.

For the next few months, a lot of confusion will remain. WhatsApp’s new privacy policy was originally scheduled to go into effect on February 8. It will therefore be on May 15, if Facebook does not take other measures by then.

Publié par Jules Bercy

web builider and specialist in communication

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