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Elon Musk, who not only found it “weird” but also said that “WhatsApp cannot be trusted.”
Concerns over user privacy on the instant messaging app WhatsApp have been raised by Twitter engineer Foad Dabiri, who claimed on Twitter that while asleep, his WhatsApp app was using his microphone. The tweet went viral and attracted the attention of millions, including that of Elon Musk, who not only found it “weird” but also said that “WhatsApp cannot be trusted.”
According to WhatsApp, the problem is a bug on Android, which is why they give users full control over their microphone settings. A Twitter engineer posted an issue with his Pixel phone and WhatsApp in the last 24 hours, so WhatsApp responded by saying, “We believe this is a bug on Android that misattributes information in their Privacy Dashboard and have asked Google to investigate and fix it.”
A spokesperson for WhatsApp reiterated that users have complete control over their microphone settings. “Users have complete control over their mic settings. The mic is only accessible to WhatsApp when a user makes a call or records a voice note or video – even then, these communications are only accessible to WhatsApp via end-to-end encryption.
Elon Musk’s tweet on this issue has garnered over 56.6 million views since being shared on May 9. The share has also prompted people to post their thoughts in the comments. Some Twitter users expressed their concerns over user privacy and questioned WhatsApp’s credibility.
One Twitter user said, “It’s incredible how many people don’t realize WhatsApp is owned by Meta/Facebook.” Elon Musk replied, “Yes, that’s true. It is also possible that the WhatsApp founders left Meta/Facebook in disgust & started a #deletefacebook campaign. The information they learned about Facebook & WhatsApp clearly disturbed them greatly.”
The issue of user privacy on instant messaging apps is not new, and this incident highlights the need for tech companies to prioritize user privacy and data protection. Also, it reminds us to be vigilant about our privacy settings and taking control of our digital footprint.
The concerns over user privacy on WhatsApp raised by the Twitter engineer have been addressed by WhatsApp, who claim it to be a bug on Android. This incident highlights the need for user privacy and the need for tech companies to prioritize data protection. Users must also be vigilant about their privacy settings to protect their digital footprint.