‘Mark Zuckerberg Is Invading Privacy’ – Nigerians React As WhatsApp Joins Status To Share Features and Updates

On Wednesday, Facebook-owned chat app, WhatsApp launched an official account on its status platform, a move that has left many users surprised and full of complaints while some express concerns over the invasion of their privacy.

The status update can be viewed by all WhatsApp users and includes a reminder of its commitment to user privacy.

With the new and surprising development, WhatsApp became the number one trend on Twitter on Wednesday.

The Status features were introduced back in early 2017. It is a remake of Snapchat’s Stories features, which Facebook has since cloned for its apps, among other big applications such as LinkedIn and recently, Twitter (Fleets).

The company explained that it would use its status to show users the latest updates and features on the app.

In the status, it reads;

WhatsApp is now on status! We’ll let you know about new features and updates here.

In one of the statuses, the company also assured users of their privacy, saying;

One thing that isn’t new is our commitment to privacy.

The company added;

Whatsapp can’t read or listen to your personal conversations as they are end-to-end encrypted.

In early January, WhatsApp informed users of its new terms of service which stated that their data would be shared with its parent company Facebook.

Following this, the app was plagued with warnings that the changes would be bad for WhatsApp users.

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The announcement saw many users migrating to other platforms such as Signal, Telegram among others.

The company was forced to explain itself over the recent updates that received a backlash from users and suspended the implementation of the new terms of service.

The messaging app, which serves more than two billion users, said it was delaying the enforcement of the new terms in order to provide users with more time to review the terms.

WhatsApp has now decided to operate its status for personal use following the controversial privacy update that made it lose millions of users to competitors.

However, reacting to the new WhatsApp status move, Nigerians on social media expressed worry, lamenting that it is an act of invasion of privacy, which contradicts the security the app is trying to promote.

See some reactions from Twitter users below;

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