The update does not affect your personal messages
The initial announcement of the policy update gave the impression to many that WhatsApp (and therefore Facebook) would be able to see your personal messages. This triggered a huge surge in downloads of Signal and Telegram on both Android and iOS devices, and even “technoking” Elon Musk got his two cents in, tweeting “Use Signal” to his followers soon after WhatsApp’s announcement.
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What happens if you don’t accept the update?
Should you still use WhatsApp?
Unlike Messenger and Instagram, WhatsApp is still safe to use for personal messages, which are end-to-end encrypted. If you don’t want your messages with business being collected by Facebook, you will probably need to find an alternative way to communicate with them, like by email.
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Good article. I abandoned FB and whatsApp a long time ago. I don’t miss FB, I do miss whatsApp. But I don’t trust anything Marky does.
I switched to Telegram as soon as I heard that WhatsApp sold out to the Big Brother. I don’t care what Facebook says, I don’t believe that sugar-coated scumbag, don’t trust him and despise Facebook and their underhanded, corrupt policies.
i think facebook is run communists. straight up! facebook is one gigantic breach. i dont know if they own whats app or not or whats going on their. whatsapp clearly doing it right! let me put it this way whatsapp doesnt vauluntarily give out its users info. oh you actually believe this bs about facebook being breached? thats just cause your a big dummy. this been going on for years! when i first joined facebook my shit was secure.. all of the sudden your gmail is visible to all who cares to see it, i never gave my email to companies that i started getting emails from. let me put it to you this way! facebook is the reason you ended up with 100,000 emails in your in box lmmfao!!!! face book will sell you out DRY! pesonally i dont have a business account on whatsapp ! facebook. i hate you with a passion!!! yall take care! PEACE…..
Im sure they are reading emails too.
je suis déçu de l’application VPN ça n’a pas empecher face book de me bloquer 30 jours alors que sois disant votre application masque l’adresse …..je désire me déshabonner !
A service can block your account, no matter your IP address.
I like this article, Jamie, but i would love to know WhatsApp’s/Facebook’s definition of a personal/business account. I can’t remember from when I set up my account, do they ask you if you want a personal or business account or are there criteria they apply to make it one or the other, either at the time of registration or retrospectively? I am currently living in a country where everyone uses WhatsApp, even government departments – are those liable to be deemed ‘business’?
WhatsApp Business is a separate app from WhatsApp itself that allows businesses to set up a business account. The app icon for WhatsApp business will have a ‘B’ inside the speech bubble.
To find out if you’re talking to a business, check their profile to see if they’ve been labeled as an “Official business account.” The profile will also have a green checkmark badge in its profile and next to the header in the chat thread.