A screenshot of a WhatsApp message claims that WhatsApp will supposedly be changing its terms to allow governments to monitor communication on the platform.
There have been widespread concerns about telecommunication companies and social media platforms’ methods of handling user data and the privacy that comes with the use of these technologies. Facebook, who own WhatsApp and Instagram have been hardest hit by critics over their user data collection which they use to provide targeted ads and selling the data to third parties. The company has been accused of failing to protect users’ data with trails of scandals such as the Cambridge Analytica scandal when personal information is reported to have been harvested in order to influence the 2016 US elections, Kenya’s 2017 elections, and the 2015 campaigns of former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan.
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