WhatsApp cannot see your private messages, clarifies Facebook-owned company
In what might be considered damage control, WhatsApp posted the below graphic on its website and social media accounts:
WhatsApp also explained each of the above items in further detail in an FAQ on its website. Here is a quick summary:
- WhatsApp and Facebook cannot read your private messages or hear your calls.
- WhatsApp does not keep logs of who you message or call.
- WhatsApp and Facebook cannot see your shared location.
- WhatsApp groups remain private, as do the messages shared in them due to end-to-end encryption. WhatsApp says that it does not share any data from the chats with Facebook. However, you can be assured that if you talk about any product, you will see ads for it right away on Facebook and Instagram.
The company has also detailed how users can download their WhatsApp data, and send disappearing messages to contacts.
You can check out the complete FAQ, along with details for WhatsApp business messaging privacy features here.