Popular messaging platform, WhatsApp has halted its recent data-sharing changes over growing concerns about privacy flooded the media.
You can recall that Oyogist.com had earlier reported that the deadline for all Whatsapp users to Accept the policy was on the 8th of Feburary but WhatsApp said it would pause the process for now in order to clear up misinformation around privacy and security.
“We’ve heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.
“This update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook.”
WhatsApp said the update concerns how merchants using WhatsApp to communicate with potential customers can share to Facebook, which could use the information for targeted ads, according to the social network.
“We can’t see your private messages or hear your calls, and neither can Facebook,” WhatsApp said further.“We don’t keep logs of who everyone is messaging or calling. We can’t see your shared location and neither can Facebook.”
“Whether you communicate with a business by phone, email, or WhatsApp, it can see what you’re saying and may use that information for its own marketing purposes, which may include advertising on Facebook.” it said further.