WhatsApp is owned by Facebook.
WhatsApp’s controversial new update goes into effect May 15, 2021.
The application has issued several notifications warning service users of his forthcoming revisions.
The announcement led to a global backlash. However, many already consider Facebook’s privacy policies to be intrusive. #BoycottFacebook trended online. Boycotters choosing to ditch the application, downloading alternative apps such as Signal and Telegram.
A WhatsApp spokesperson said the company is reviewing the regulator’s letter. Facebook claims the new update does not extend its capacity to share data with Facebook. Nor does it affect users’ privacy with friends or family.
“WhatsApp does not share your contacts with Facebook and that policy applies to users everywhere, including in SouthAfrica,” the spokesperson added.