WhatsApp is a case study on why E2EE alone isn't enough to maintain control over your data.
E2EE secures the content of your messages. But the context of your messages — their metadata — can still tell a story.
— Session (@session_app) January 12, 2021
Session elaborately explains how end-to-end encryption ensures that no private details such as your personal data, voice recordings, video calls, and credentials are accessed via third party users. Even if your friend is sitting right next to you and chatting via the app, the data remains confidential within the chat itself. Session compared itself with WhatsApp to show the distinction.
— Telegram Messenger (@telegram) January 8, 2021
Telegram went out a limb to try its hand at meme marketing. These minimalistic memes are delightful and show how WhatsApp and Facebook are linked with each other, sharing a user’s data from one platform to another, and with third party users. Telegram’s owner Pavel Durov pointed out how Facebook had a dedicated team that worked to understand how Telegram gains its popularity. He declares that the platform has what WhatsApp doesn’t – ‘respect for its users’.
Facebook is probably more comfortable selling ads than buying them, but they'll do what they have to do in order to be the top result when some people search for 'Signal' in the App Store.
P.S. There will never be ads in Signal, because your data belongs in your hands not ours. pic.twitter.com/waVPcl4wHe
— Signal (@signalapp) January 10, 2021
Signal is being declared as the most trustworthy alternative for WhatsApp, having been funded and recommended by Tesla CEO, Elon Musk. He had tweeted earlier how everyone should use Signal and that he would donate to them, the same way he had a year back. Musk doesn’t have any vendetta against WhatsApp but is often seen butting heads with Facebook CEO Zuckerberg with regards to his lack of understanding of the AI technology.
When you use #WhatsApp, you share your mom's number with Facebook. And your child's number. And your psychologist's number. And they know when you call them.
— Viber (@Viber) January 10, 2021
Viber took advantage of the situation to point out how so many things can go wrong when using WhatsApp. This app was released years ago but lacked popularity due to WhatsApp’s rise and demand. Now with the lost trust, the platform is hopeful to become visible again.
With all said and done, WhatsApp also issued a clarification 2 days ago stating that their updated privacy concerns were misinterpreted and that they do not share any information with Facebook and third-party apps. They laid out what they ‘DO NOT SHARE’ in a post on Twitter.
We want to address some rumors and be 100% clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption. pic.twitter.com/6qDnzQ98MP
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021
Would you trust WhatsApp’s genuineness or make the move to a new messaging app?