A survey was conducted by the community platform Localcircles and they have found these stats:
- 5% of the people who participated in the survey have deleted the app.
- 21% of the participants of the survey agreed that they had made a switch to the other better alternatives of WhatsApp to secure their privacy.
- 22% said that they didn’t stop using it but they have reduced the time of usage of WhatsApp and mainly when they need to talk about something more private.
So why people are taking such actions?
Here is the answer,
Firstly the update was scheduled to roll on Feb-8-2021, but due to criticism, it has been postponed to May-15-2021.
Some more results from the survey are:
- 75% of participants of the survey said that they will discontinue the business chats on WhatsApp and will only use for some primary chats if their business chats will be shared with Facebook and other third party websites.
- Although the WhatsApp payment feature is not widely used by the audience but around 93% of survey participants have said that they will try to not use the payment feature.
Apart from this criticism let’s have a look at the real policy changes in WhatsApp
Will WhatsApp reveal your personal chats with friends and family?
As the policy has clearly mentioned that WhatsApp will be end-to-end encrypted for their users, so there will be no data exchange of personal chats.
Which type of data will be shared by WhatsApp?
- Account registration information
- Phone number
- Payment transaction data
- Business-related information
- Business accounts details
- Mobile device information
- IP address
Will WhatsApp show ads?
Many people are saying that this data will be used for ads purposes, but that’s not the truth. WhatsApp doesn’t show ads yet, and it’s not going to be done in the future so because it is an encrypted platform.
But, this data will improve the ads experience for businesses on other platforms like Facebook and Ads network.