Washington, Apr 11: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who testified before the US Congress on Tuesday in the wake of Cambridge Analytica scandal, said the social networking site doesn’t see the messages being sent on WhatsApp, a popular messaging platform, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014. During the congressional hearing, Senator Brian Schatz asked multiple times if his WhatsApp messages could be used to inform the ads he sees.

In his response to the question, Mark Zuckerberg said “no”. “WhatsApp messages are fully encrypted which means, no, Facebook cannot read them,” Zuckerberg said. However, WhatsApp privacy policy on digital payments says otherwise. WhatsApp has said it may share users’ digital payments data with its parent company Facebook. The popular messaging platform recently launched digital payments service for some of its Indian users in February.

“We share information with third-party providers and services to help us operate and improve Payments. To send payment instructions to PSPs (payment service providers), maintain your transaction history, provide customer support, and keep our Services safe and secure, including to detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, safety, security, abuse, or other misconduct, we share information we collect under this Payments Privacy Policy with third-party service providers including Facebook,” a clause in Whatsapp’s privacy policy reads.

WhatsApp has been refuting reports that it is keeping track of the messages and said that it collects very little data and every message is end-to-end encrypted. WhatsApp collects very little data and every message is end-to-end encrypted. Contrary to recent comments in the media, we are not keeping track of the friends and family you have messaged, a WhatsApp spokesperson told PTI. WhatsApp was responding to concerns by experts that the instant messaging service might not be as secure as being claimed.

Facebook is embroiled in a widening scandal that a British data firm called Cambridge Analytica had improperly gathered detailed Facebook information on 87 million users, up from a previous estimate of more than 50 million. Following the reports of a data breach, WhatsApp is facing heat as well over privacy and safety of messages being sent through the application.