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But is that true, and how concerned should you be about it if so?
The answer is complicated, but the important thing to know is that a lot of misinformation is swirling around the internet. Complaints about this new policy have spread like wildfire, but in reality, very little is changing and your private conversions in WhatApp remain fully encrypted end-to-end. Meaning they are not visible by WhatsApp, Facebook, or anyone else.
If that doesn’t wash with you, then certainly switching to a new chat app could help (and we’ll have an in-depth guide to the best alternatives coming soon). But the rumors that WhatsApp is reading your messages or sharing your contacts list with Facebook are false. Its encryption methods make this impossible. If you’re going to boycott the service, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons.
It’s no wonder users are skeptical, considering Facebook’s many privacy debacles in the past. But if you want to know more, WhatsApp has released a detailed FAQ in an attempt to explain more clearly exactly what measures it takes to ensure your chats remain private.