WhatsApp’s biggest problem is Facebook

I am now running WhatsApp and Signal in parallel with a view to dumping WhatsApp in due course. Of course WhatsApp has been desperately putting out clarifications about why there is no reason to leave them, but it seems they protest too much.

What is clear is that WhatsApp does share a great deal of data with its parent Facebook and from February 8th users will not be able to opt out.

WhatsApp does share the following:

  • phone number, name and other information provided on registration
  • information about the user’s phone, including make, model, and mobile company
  • internet protocol (IP) addresses, which indicate the location of a user’s internet connections
  • any payments and financial transactions made over WhatsApp

There is no way in which WhatsApp can resist any future demands from its parent. I expect that a critical mass of users switching out of WhatsApp will come within the next 3 or 4 weeks.

The biggest problem WhatsApp has is that it is owned by Facebook.


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