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There is a lot of confusion surrounding this update, with the biggest concern being about security and how the update will affect privacy. As with playing casino games at Springbok Casino, WhatsApp will continue to use high end encryption technology to protect the privacy of their users. In fact, they boast end-to-end encryption, meaning that messages are completely inaccessible by third parties.
Nonetheless, the policy, which was initially set to come into effect on 8 February 2021, received massive worldwide backlash – and the implementation of the new policy has resultantly been delayed to May 2021.
In all honesty, if you keep abreast of the latest news, you ought to have seen this coming. In 2019/2020, various news sites published that WhatsApp planned on monetising their free messaging platform by means of advertising in-app.
If you read this news, it should then come as no surprise that changes are being made… and the reason could be that in order to ultimately advertise, they would need to collect data to produce relevant ads on the app – in the same way that Facebook does.
Many news sites have referred to a ‘mass exodus’ from WhatsApp. This isn’t entirely accurate. Although downloads of other instant messaging apps have skyrocketed, the number of active users on WhatsApp hasn’t really taken a plunge at all.
The general feeling is that most people will accept WhatsApp’s new terms in the end – but in the event that friends and family do make a permanent move to another messaging service, users have downloaded the alternative apps in anticipation. After all, it can’t hurt to have all the top apps loaded on your phone.
To date, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is involved in a list of mergers and acquisitions of 88 companies – including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. If you have an active profile on any of these social networking sites, your personal data is already out in the ether, with no way to retrieve it – whether you like it or not. Opting to not accept WhatsApp’s new policy will make no difference at all.
Unlike casinos such as Springbok Casino, where the data collected whilst playing casino games is minimal and never revealed to third parties, social network sites collect and share data to offer personalised user experiences – particularly in the form of advertising.
Springbok Casino will always remain at the top when it comes to casino games. In terms of communication, if one goes by the most popular apps by the number of and frequency of downloads in the Google Play Store, then Telegram ranks top with Signal in second place. Although WhatsApp still has the most total downloads and active users, they’ve slid into third place as more people are rushing to download the alternatives.
Pavel Durov, aged 36, is Russia’s equivalent of Mark Zuckerberg – and the founder and owner of Telegram. Durov also founded Vkontakte – Russia's biggest online social media and social networking service. Telegram downloads have surged to over 500 million.
Signal is owned by Signal Technology Foundation – an American non-profit organization founded in 2018 by Moxie Marlinspike and Brian Acton. After public endorsement from South Africa’s very own Elon Musk, interest in Signal skyrocketed, and in a matter of a few days the number of downloads went from 10 million to over 50 million – and counting...
No digital service is 100% failsafe… and if a breach in security is your concern, we recommend getting rid of all your digital devices and reverting to using a rotary phone. Of course, in this day and age, it isn’t feasible. What you can do is secure yourself with antivirus software, firewalls and anti-spyware while playing casino games, or chatting via instant messaging apps.
WhatsApp might offer a premium service whereby you can pay to have the ads removed – but why do that when there are already two alternatives ready to offer you a free, ad-free, instant messaging service? That would be like playing casino games and having ads interrupting the fun! They would have to give their way forward in terms of in-app ads, if that is the plan, some serious thought…
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