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.
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.