Monday, September 20

WhatsApp messages might not be so private | Digital Trends Spanish

When using WhatsApp, we are informed that all messages that are shared in the application are end-to-end encrypted, so they would be private.

In fact, a message is displayed as a guarantee, stating that “no one outside of this chat, not even WhatsApp, can read or listen to them.”

However, an extensive report published in ProPublica warns that this is not so. The article explains that Facebook moderators (owner of WhatsApp) can examine messages, images and videos, when they have been reported or reported.

When a person uses the report function, the message is automatically forwarded to Facebook. This is the same as when a message is manually forwarded, so at that point the message is no longer encrypted.

Thus, when submitting a complaint report, a new end-to-end encrypted message is created for Facebook, which acts as the recipient of that message.

“Those guarantees are not true. WhatsApp has more than a thousand contract workers filling office building floors in Austin (Texas), Dublin and Singapore, where they examine millions of user content, ”the article says.

There is another point within the ProPublica complaint that is not always taken into account by users. When a message is reported, the previous four messages are also forwarded within the same chat, as a way to give the moderators some context so they can evaluate the report correctly.

Users are informed that these recent interactions are incorporated at the time of making a report, however, it is very likely that people in general are not aware of these messages (previously sent) are also incorporated into the report, so they would result accessible to moderators.

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