Fact Check: No, WhatsApp’s New Privacy Policy Does NOT Allow It Access To Users’ Photos; Message Is A Hoax

In the backdrop of the recent row over WhatsApp privacy policy update, a message is being circulated online claiming that the new policy will allow WhatsApp to have access to users’ photos. It further claims that even the deleted messages can be accessed and published by the application.

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NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found it to be baseless and false.

Refuting the claim, WhatsApp officials confirmed exclusively to NewsMobile that the claim in circulation is fake.

The message started circulating in the wake of the recent privacy policies introduced by the instant messaging platform, which triggered a huge flow of misinformation regarding the messaging tool on social media.

WhatsApp also took to Twitter and clarified that their latest policy change does not affect the privacy of messages. It states that WhatsApp cannot see users’ private messages.

WhatsApp, in their privacy policy, explained that messages, photos, and account information, is never shared onto Facebook or any of other apps.

It further stated that the application has end-to-end encryption and other security features. The app doesn’t store users’ messages once they’ve been delivered.

Earlier, NewsMobile debunked a similar claim regarding WhatsApp’s new privacy policy.

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Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the message in circulation is false.

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