WhatsApp reacts to Shitstorm
WhatsApp made it clear that far less data is passed on to Facebook in the EU, as data protection guidelines prohibit this. Nevertheless, many users in this country did not want to accept the new conditions. In the US, the situation is even more serious. After Tesla boss Elon Musk suddenly asked to uninstall WhatsApp, the messenger lost numerous users.
The protests of the users and the increasing momentum regarding this topic have caused WhatsApp not to force the change on February 8th. However, the messenger service does not seem to want to tip the step completely. Because the new date is now May 15th. It remains to be seen whether this will appease users.
What data is it actually about?
According to the developer, the following points are in the foreground:
- Security aspects and integrity to Facebook
- Combating spam, threads, abuse, or violations
- Connect WhatsApp experiences with other Facebook products
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What does Facebook need the data for?
The expanded data exchange aims to integrate WhatsApp even more closely into the Facebook environment. Facebook explains that the data is used to better understand processes and to ultimately improve the offer on both sides. However, experts are critical of the extended exchange of user data.