Indian Facebook users may be getting confused over a recent Facebook’s statement that their privacy will remain unaffected. The company is now allowing its users to delete their messages if they do not wish to receive them. But, the change in policy does not mean that the company is not letting people know how it operates, says the author of this article.
WhatsApp’s growth has slowed2 in India
WhatsApp is the most popular mobile messaging app in India. The number of messages sent daily by users has grown by a hundred-fold in the past nine years. It has also emerged as a critical communication tool.
However, it’s still not clear how the app makes money without a subscription model. For instance, WhatsApp’s UPI (Unified Payments Interface) payments feature has been slow to take off in India.
But the company is slowly working on this. In November, its UPI transaction volume rose by 7%. That’s up from a 6% rise in October.
WhatsApp’s payments service is expected to eventually roll out to more than 20 million users. However, the company has been reluctant to share statistics about the numbers.
During the outage, WhatsApp was unable to provide users with safety information. A technical glitch prompted the outage, and traders switched to alternative platforms.
However, you won’t be able to use these features until the company decides to roll out the changes. This could happen in the next few months. In the meantime, you can use your favorite messengers to make plans and send money to friends and family.
India’s trade tensions with the U.S.
Trade tensions between the United States and India have intensified over the past year. With the United States mired in a deepening trade conflict with China, the two countries’ bilateral ties have been strained.
For years, the United States has taken issue with high tariffs and other trade barriers imposed by India. The Indian government has imposed retaliatory tariffs on a variety of products, including agricultural products.
In an effort to avoid a full-blown trade war, the US and India are now focusing on areas of cooperation. They are working to expand industrial cooperation, boost trade in strategic technologies, and strengthen cooperation in the field of intellectual property.
The two countries have also discussed reducing non-tariff barriers. However, the tariffs they have imposed on each other have exacerbated trade tensions.
WhatsApp’s lack of education is causing mistrust and spreading credulity
A recent study in the Indian state of Maharashtra found that the smartphone juggernaut WhatsApp had over a billion users in the month of May. While that may seem like an impressive figure, it’s a tad daunting for those of us who aren’t in the know. Among the users, females outnumber males equably in number order. The aforementioned state of affairs has a burgeoning number of WhatsApp addicts, albeit the females aren’t quite as enthusiastic as the males. This has been accompanied by a spate of data breaches and malware-plagued user profiles. Some are even a little tipsy. Clearly, a well-rounded user is a rare beast.
WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption
End-to-end encryption is a security feature of the WhatsApp platform that prevents third-party actors from accessing messages. This ensures that the only two parties who can read a message are the sender and the recipient.
The technology behind end-to-end encryption is known as Signal Protocol. It is a cryptographic technique that has been in use for decades. In addition, it can protect your communications, including voice and video messages.
Several organizations, such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, have praised the WhatsApp platform for its privacy features. They note that the encryption prevents haters from being able to view your messages and it protects against privacy breaches.
End-to-end encryption also prevents hackers from accessing your messages. A criminal hacker would not have the necessary keys to unlock your phone or the data it holds, and the messages are scrambled on their way to your device.