Here is the full statement from WhatsApp published by The Verge:
The update does not change WhatsApp's data sharing practices with Facebook and does not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family wherever they are in the world. WhatsApp remains deeply committed to protecting people's privacy. We are communicating directly with users through WhatsApp about these changes so they have time to review the new policy over the course of the next month.
This detailed clarification from WhatsApp comes soon after Elon Musk, now the richest person in the world, tweeted to ‘use signal'. This led to new registrations for Signal in masses, that even caused verification code delays across several network providers.
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