In a new blog post, WhatsApp has attempted to clarify the “misinformation” stating the new policy does not affect data sharing with Facebook.
“We’ve heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update. There’s been a lot of misinformation causing concern and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts,” WhatsApp wrote in the blog post.
“With these updates, none of that is changing. Instead, the update includes new options people will have to message a business on WhatsApp, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data. While not everyone shops with a business on WhatsApp today, we think that more people will choose to do so in the future and it’s important people are aware of these services. This update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook.”
WhatsApp continues to reiterate messages are protected with end-to-end encryption and whatever is shared between friends and family “stays between you.”