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Compulsory update affects all users: WhatsApp takes a surprising turnaround

2021-01-24T05:55:46.805Z

WhatsApp has frightened millions of users worldwide with new data protection conditions. Now the messenger service plays for time.



WhatsApp has frightened millions of users worldwide with new data protection conditions.

Now the messenger service plays for time.

  • The Facebook subsidiary

    WhatsApp

    has caused outrage worldwide with new data protection rules.

  • Millions of users turned

    their backs

    on the

    messenger service

    .

  • Now the group is rowing back - but only a little.

Menlo Park -

WhatsApp

has been criticized worldwide for the planned introduction of new data protection rules.

Many users have even turned their backs on the messenger service.

Now the group is playing for time - and is postponing the introduction of the new data protection rules by a good three months.

Instead of February 8, users should agree to the new data protection guideline by May 15, said

WhatsApp

surprisingly late on Friday evening, German time.

According to its own information,

WhatsApp

wants to

create better opportunities for communication with companies with the changes.

The so-called end-to-end encryption, with which chat content is only visible to the participating users, but not even to

WhatsApp

itself in plain text, will not be shaken, the company assured.

There are also no

plans to

forward data to

Facebook

.

Outside the

EU

, some

WhatsApp

user data has been sent to

Facebook

for advertising purposes or to improve products - albeit since 2016.

WhatsApp: Competitors report strong growth

With more than two billion users,

WhatsApp

is the largest chat service in the world.

It is followed by Facebook Messenger with 1.3 billion users.

In the past few weeks,

WhatsApp

rivals such as the controversial

Telegram

,

Signal

or

Threema have

reported strong increases - because users left

WhatsApp

after the announcement of the new data protection directive.

WhatsApp

lamented the spread of false information about the changes, which they want to clear up by mid-May.

The fact that

WhatsApp should

also become a channel for communication between companies and their customers has been one of the central ideas for some time as to how Facebook could ultimately earn money with the chat service.

The online network bought

WhatsApp

in 2014 for around 22 billion dollars.

Another consideration was advertising in the so-called status area of ​​the app, in which users can post photos for their contacts for a day.

But this has been put on hold.

The founder of

WhatsApp

,

Jan Koum

and

Brian Acton

, left Facebook several years ago.

According to media reports, there were differences of opinion with Facebook boss

Mark Zuckerberg

.

Acton is a central donor for the Signal app - which uses the same encryption technology as

WhatsApp

.

Acton joined calls to leave Facebook following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

At the same time, Mark Zuckerberg presented the plan some time ago to focus Facebook more on completely encrypted communication.

Even should

WhatsApp

that Facebook Messenger and the chat feature of

Instagram

to share a technical platform.

The US government and more than 40 states are currently calling for Facebook to be broken up by splitting off

WhatsApp

and Instagram.

A common technical infrastructure would make such projects more difficult.

(dpa / utz)

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Source: merkur

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