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Telegram, WhatsApp in a tug of war over privacy

Telegram, WhatsApp in tug of war over privacy

When WhatsApp’s new privacy policies took effect on Saturday, Telegram and the Facebook-owned site engaged in a Twitter war of words through exchanging memes.

The war of words began when Telegram, an encrypted messenger service, poked fun at WhatsApp by posting a meme suggesting it was time to “bin” WhatsApp and Facebook.

In response, WhatsApp tweeted, “…and what people don’t realize is that we are not end-to-end encrypted by design.”

Telegram did not end there, as he posted another screenshot on the microblogging platform Twitter, writing, “WhatsApp @WhatsApp Our customers understand how things function and possess the open-source applications necessary to PROVE it. You… converse with the screenshot.”

In January, Telegram posted a photo of two spidermen raising fingers at one another, their faces replaced by Facebook and WhatsApp symbols, standing in front of an NYPD car.

In reference to its privacy policies, WhatsApp has stated that users may not automatically delete their accounts or experience limited functionality on the application on May 15, but will ultimately experience limited functionality if they do not accept the updated standards in a timely manner.

After allowing everybody time to study the privacy policies beginning May 15, the organization stated that after many weeks, the alert citizens get would become persistent.

Users can experience restricted features on WhatsApp before they approve the notifications following persistent reminders.

Users would be unable to browse their chat history. They will be unable to accept incoming calls or updates after a few weeks of reduced functionality, and WhatsApp will cease delivering messages and calls to their accounts.

On Thursday, a senior official from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said at an Assocham event that the government is proactive in determining the best course of action regarding the latest WhatsApp privacy policy.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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