Facebook knows it’s screwed up.
“We thought about what we could have done better here,” says the blog post. “We will do a lot more to make our voice clear in the future.”
If it looks like WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, is making this update a big deal, it’s because there is no alternative. The company faced user backlash in January when the changes were announced. Rumor has it that Facebook could read the content of WhatsApp messages after the update (that was and still is not true). In response, users flocked to other (and more private) messaging apps like Signal.
It is noteworthy, however, that Thursday’s blog post accidentally throws Facebook Messenger under the bus. In the post, WhatsApp argues that there is nothing to worry about reading your messages as the app uses end-to-end encryption by default.
“We’ve seen some of our competitors try to pretend that they can’t see people’s messages. If an app doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption by default, it means they can read your messages.”
Which is a great point. Speaking of which, can you guess which Facebook messaging product doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption by default? Yes, that would be Facebook Messenger.
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Either way, Thursday’s blog post and its emphasis on end-to-end encryption is just another reminder to get rid of Facebook – and that’s the kind of corporate failure we can all put behind us.
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