Microsoft’s Skype humiliates WhatsApp with sarcastic comments on Twitter

  • WhatsApp is now trolled and alleged by its rivals for stealing customer’s data and selling it to third parties
  • WhatsApp’s user base started plummeting, while there is an escalation of downloads of Signal and Telegram

The United States-based global social networking platform Facebook has already been in trouble for the past several months on various issues such as antitrust, dominance of power, misuse of customer’s secret data, and many more. Recently, Facebook’s instant messaging app WhatsApp is also trolled and alleged by its rivals for stealing customer’s data and selling it to third parties.

When it proclaimed a new privacy policy for WhatsApp, it started receiving negative feedback from the users massively. Ultimately, WhatsApp’s user base started plummeting, while there is an escalation of downloads of Signal and Telegram. Both of these rivals are making a mock of WhatsApp with memes on their own social platforms with the latest sarcasm from software tycoon Microsoft. On its official Twitter account, Microsoft’s video conferencing podium Skype made a sarcastic comment by saying that it does not sell user’s data to third parties, linking it with the company’s privacy statement.

 

“Skype respects your privacy. We are committed to keeping your personal data private and do not sell to 3rd parties,” says the tweet.

A couple of days back, Apple had charged Facebook with collecting a vast amount of user information and data through its WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger apps. According to Apple’s privacy labels update, the amount of data collected by Facebook is much higher when compared to Telegram and Signal. Same as the other apps, Facebook collects location details and usage data sometimes even without permission.

Microsoft’s latest privacy policy was last updated in November 2020. It has information under the following heads:

  • Personal data we collect
  • How we use personal data
  • Reasons we share personal data
  • How to access and control your personal data
  • Cookies and similar technologies
  • Products provided by your organization—notice to end-users
  • Microsoft account
  • Other important privacy information

While unveiling the new privacy policy, WhatsApp has clearly mentioned that users require to agree to it by February 8 or else their account will be deactivated. Following severe criticisms, the company highlighted that the new privacy update has nothing to do with the user’s profile or chats. The spokesperson said, “We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp, which is optional, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data.”

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