Use Signal- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
The first statement from the company comes from WhatsApp head, Will Cathcart. He emphasized on the fact that all chats happening on the platform are secure and encrypted. He also clarified that neither WhatsApp nor Facebook has access to its user's private chats.
Cathcart has published a thread that covers all the concerns rising around the privacy of user data. He starts with telling that the messages and calls made using WhatsApp are still end-to-end encrypted. He clears that with end-to-end encryption, neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can access to the contents of a chat between two users.
“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, ”writes Cathcart in his Tweet.
Cathcart reiterated that WhatsApp is proud of its service and it will continue to develop technology to provide private and secure communications to masses. He added that the company's upcoming disappearing message feature is an example of its innovation on privacy.
The last tweet in the thread reads, “we are so committed to end-to-end encryption, and why we keep improving the privacy of WhatsApp, such as with our launch of disappearing messages in November. Our innovation on privacy will continue. "