WhatsApp is forcing a status on users for the first time

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    Data protection regulations, declining user numbers, shit storms in social networks – WhatsApp regularly makes headlines. Now the messenger service advertises privacy within the “status” message. this took a closer look at it.

    Facebook paid a full 14 billion euros for the WhatsApp messenger service in 2014. It was the largest takeover in digital communications to date. But how does such an enormous expense pay off? The handling of user data is often criticized, with marketing intentions playing an essential role. WhatsApp now advertises users’ trust within the status of the app.

    Status message “Commitment to privacy”

    According to a message from “The Verge“Messenger currently uses WhatsApp status to draw attention to the” obligation of privacy “. This is where users usually share content they’d like to share with friends. In addition to status messages from friends, there are currently notifications from WhatsApp. The company refers to its data protection here and also mentions end-to-end encryption to make it clear once again that the company does not read any messages.

    We could already see the messages in our WhatsApp:

    After the negative news about the change in data protection conditions, WhatsApp apparently feels it has an obligation to better inform users. Many of them often wonder: which of my data is shared? Does WhatsApp also evaluate private messages? What exactly does the messenger need them for? Many of these questions went unanswered for a long time, while Facebook also promoted transparency. Due to such inconsistencies, WhatsApp has recently lost many users. Other messenger apps, such as Signal or Telegram, on the other hand, are enjoying a high influx.

    Will there be more content in WhatsApp status?

    The messenger uses its own profile for the displayed WhatsApp status; So not the specific user profiles. Despite all this, the use of the internal status function seems a bit strange to the user. Because Facebook does not provide any answers, but tries again to instill trust in matters of privacy. WhatsApp can reach its users directly with the status message. Information about new features and updates should also be found here in the future.

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Forum Tech WhatsApp is forcing a status on users for the first time