In an update released by the company, it was stated that the new development was to make the platform more business-oriented.
As this came with an ultimatum that users should agree to the new policy or stop using WhatsApp, many users have condemned the idea.
Many users believed that there could be serious leakages while WhatsApp is sharing their data with Facebook.
For this reason, users have begun to leave WhatsApp for other alternative platforms, such as Signal and Telegram.
They claimed that the policy has been misinterpreted and misunderstood, thereby released a clarification to prevent further damages.
WhatsApp further affirmed that it has no access to users’ private messages as well as their shared location and doesn’t share its users’ contacts with any third-party platform, especially Facebook.
Some high-profile individuals who have lost interest in WhatsApp, claiming it’s insecure for anyone, include the founders of WhatsApp Jan Koum and Brian Acton.
Similarly, the founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov, said Whatsapp is “dangerous” and advised users to quit the platform now.
He warned that WhatsApp users should not be surprised if they find their private pictures on the internet one day.
Pavel has recently seen his users increasing dramatically.
The likes of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Brazil Leader Jair Bolsonaro were found among those who dumped WhatsApp and moved to the cloud-based platform, Telegram.
No wonder Pavel was quick to react to this development and said “it was the largest digital migration in human history”.
So, it remains a mystery how Facebook plans to merge its platforms together without sharing user data among them.
The only advice I can give is that you should reduce your activities on WhatsApp as well as Facebook and Instagram until other tech experts confirm the platforms are safe for user.