There are crores of users of instant messaging app WhatsApp in all countries of the world including India. There are billions and crores of messages every day in every corner of the world that are shared through WhatsApp. In such a situation, the question is how WhatsApp keeps all these messages safe. The second question arises here is whether WhatsApp reads your messages? A recent report claimed that WhatsApp messages are not end-to-end encrypted. The claim has been made by a ProPublica, a newsroom that aims to produce investigative journalism in the public interest. The report by ProPublica explains in a lengthy report about observations of 1,000 contract workers of WhatsApp who have access to special Facebook software to check private WhatsApp messages, images, and videos.Also Read - WhatsApp Update: Disappearing Mode Now Available For New Chats With Time Duration
The ProPublica report stated, “”These contractors pass judgment on whatever flashes on their screen — claims of everything from fraud or spam to child porn and potential terrorist plotting — typically in less than a minute.” Also Read - WhatsApp Gets Custom Sticker Maker Feature | Know How To Use
However, Facebook has now issued an official statement refuting the claims of the report. Facebook said to Android Central and clarifies how its instant messaging app is safe and end-to-end encrypted. The company said, “WhatsApp provides a way for people to report spam or abuse, which includes sharing the most recent messages in a chat. This feature is important for preventing the worst abuse on the internet. We strongly disagree with the notion that accepting reports a user chooses to send us is incompatible with end-to-end encryption.” Also Read - WhatsApp Working on Message Reaction Notifications For Android Users
End-to-end encryption technology allows the locking of messages. Which means the message you sent to another person is completely locked. Only the sender of the message and the receiver of the message have the technical right to open this lock. This is called the ‘encryption key’. This key is in the hands of the sender and the receiver.
According to WhatsApp, messages to people are not stored in any server. If stored, encryption technology will no longer matter. One thing to be noted here is that WhatsApp has auto enabled these technologies in the app. That is, when the message arrives, the receiver can see or read it. This message is completely locked between the sender and the receiver. That is, neither it is stored in the server, nor its encryption key can be opened.
How to Verify If Chat is End-to-End Encrypted
- Open chat
- Tap on the name of the contact to open the ‘Contact Details’ screen
- Tap on Encryption to view the QR code and 60 digit number
- Note, this feature can only be used by people in the contact list whose chats are end-to-end encrypted.