Zuckerberg Says WhatsApp Policy Update Does Not Change Privacy of Messages
Zuckerberg said that WhatsApp is an “important” part of the company’s strategy with “more than 175 million people” communicating with a WhatsApp business account each single day.
“We're building new features to make it even easier to transact with businesses in the app,” Zuckerberg said in the earnings call on Wednesday. “We introduced carts, which lets people browse catalogs, select multiple products, and send the order as a message to a business. The more people that interact with businesses, the better tools we’re going to need to provide for businesses to help them support their customers.”
“To clarify some confusion that we’ve seen, this update does not change the privacy of anyone's messages with friends and family,” Zuckerberg said in the earnings call on Wednesday. “All of these messages are end-to-end encrypted, which means we can't see or hear what you say, and we never will unless the person you messaged chooses to share it.”
Facebook to Make “Minimal” Functionality Enhancements to WhatsApp
With WhatsApp, Zuckerberg said that the company has “always focused a lot on making it a very utilitarian experience.”
“So we'll continue adding new functionality, but we're more focused on keeping that minimal," Zuckerberg said in the earnings call on Wednesday. "Whereas in Messenger, we have a lot more tools and features for expression and I would expect that we'll continue adding more there as well.”
The social networking company earlier in the day reported its financial results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020, with Facebook registering US$28.1 billion in quarterly revenues. Facebook said that its daily active users (DAUs) were up 11% year-over-year (YoY) to 1.84 billion on average for December 2020. Further, the company said that it has 2.80 billion monthly active users (MAUs) as of December 31, 2020, translating to an 12% YoY increase.