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WhatsApp Stands By It’s Encryption Protocols As It Reaches Record User Numbers

Wed Feb 12 2020

In a strongly worded statement, WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart stood by its commitment to online digital security.

Although WhatsApp’s end-to-end- encryption protocols do occasionally come under fire from Governments and legal authorities worldwide, in a recent interview he said:

 

“Strong encryption is a necessity in modern life. We will not compromise on security because that would make people less safe. For even more protection, we work with top security experts, employ industry leading technology to stop misuse as well as provide controls and ways to report issues — without sacrificing privacy,”

 

However, that statement was followed up with the caveat that WhatsApp would still be providing metadata to investigators, when it’s useful.

 

The announcement on WhatsApp stance to digital security and end-to-end encryption came on the back of the bigger news that they’d recently hit 2 billion users worldwide, joining their parent company Facebook in the ‘2 billion user club’.

Facebook first acquired WhatsApp back in 2014 for $19 billion and according to a recent earnings call, between Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp over 2.26 billion users were opening the apps daily.

 

Will Cathcart also re-stated that Whatsapp is still working on ways to make their service become more inter-operable with Facebook’s other messaging apps but admitted that the integration process would probably have its limits as several of the features that are present on a messaging service like Messenger just wouldn’t make sense on WhatsApp. Interestingly, Facebook are also working to encrypt all of its messaging apps, including Messenger and Instagram.

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