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Most Indians won’t fully quit WhatsApp despite the privacy concerns

Most Indians won’t fully quit WhatsApp despite the privacy concerns

WhatsApp’s new privacy policy has sent many Indians to a tizzy, but most of them are still on standby.

Come on February 8, Facebook’s instant messaging company will start sharing its business user profile with its parent company and third-party affiliates Facebook and its subsidiaries such as Instagram. About 20% of Indians do not see the problem and plan to continue using WhatsApp, according to a recent survey of more than 9,000 people on the social networking site LocalCircles.

Even those concerned about the new WhatsApp policy are not looking to boycott the app altogether. The biggest draw is simply considering using other platforms like Signal, Telegram, Skype, and Zoom in conjunction with WhatsApp.

Only 15% would rather leave the platform completely than agree with these terms.

While texting to friends and family will remain unaffected, worrying policy changes have fostered mistrust especially when it comes to business dealings and transactions.

In a statement opposing the outbreak, WhatsApp stated that chats and private calls would remain confidential. Only data from conversations with business accounts will be shared with ad targeting.

For example, when companies prefer tailer Myntra, online travel company MakeMyTrip, or BookMyShow ticket platform share transaction details, invoices, vouchers with customers, and taxi services on Facebook, on their Instagram, and perhaps in email, SMS and WhatsApp, ”explained Local Circles.

At the moment, WhatsApp has its own big side device on its side. But its reputation has been tarnished. Two-thirds of users said they would stop business chat on the platform in the event of these changes, according to a LocalCircles study.

“There will be waves of migration leaving WhatsApp,” the founder of the intelligence.Paper.VC told Quartz. “It will not be a single event as to be involved in a series of decisions for a person who wants to manage to move forward and make money with his platform bigger than one of the largest unused markets in the world.”

The new privacy policy could also damage WhatsApp digital payment systems in India. More than nine out of 10 WhatsApp users have told LocalCircles that they will not use its payment features when new data-sharing caves run.

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