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Petition to WhatsApp: Cancel the Channels

A public petition is asking WhatsApp, the popular messaging app owned by Meta, to cancel the new feature called Channels, saying that it could pose "serious risks to your privacy and security." Full Story

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Mother of a bachur
September 27, 2023 11:38 pm

I couldn’t agree more, thank you whoever wrote this

Same as social media
September 27, 2023 11:39 pm

It’s the same as social media and poses a threat to all Jewish boys and girls

Flipphone user
Reply to  Same as social media
September 28, 2023 7:52 am

That’s another reason not ro have a smartphone

Not so simple
Reply to  Flipphone user
September 28, 2023 10:37 am

Firstly you can get whatsapp on flip phones. You can also add an sd card to a fliphone and watch what you want

Kosher
Reply to  Same as social media
September 28, 2023 8:50 am

But whatsapp is accepted as totally kosher in the Lubavitch (frum?) world. That’s why this is so important.

(I am not talking about what we tell our bochurim to do – I am talking about what we actually do and the example we set for them to follow).

Anonymous
September 28, 2023 12:26 am

Me personally I don’t like the WhatsApp channels
But funny thing about this article is that they are talking about how on channels they can spread misinformation when that’s exactly what the article is doing

“WhatsApp Channels can expose you to unwanted or harmful content that you cannot control or report”
1)You can a 100% report a Chanel
2) WhatsApp doesn’t allow harmful comments on their channels so if anything it’s better then a regular group chat which WhatsApp doesn’t filter

harmful
Reply to  Anonymous
September 28, 2023 11:08 am

is different depending on standard. a chassidish person who tries to not be exposed to pop culture will definitely see it there. and young teenagers may also come across things harmful for frum people, even if its ‘normal’ for society.

Fantastic
September 28, 2023 12:29 am

If we get a few Rosh Yeshivos, and rabbonim to sign it, WhatsApp will definitely act quickly and change their plans. Thanks for doing this.

Yes!
Reply to  Fantastic
September 28, 2023 11:29 am

Good idea

Mrs. Greenberg
September 28, 2023 1:30 am

I think this is just a slight overreaction. It’s really just a revamped version of Whatsapp statuses. Also, my children have filters on their phones which block certain features within whatsapp. I’m sure those same filters can block out channels. It’s really not a big deal.

which one
Reply to  Mrs. Greenberg
September 28, 2023 10:29 am

Which filter do you use?

Revamped Statuses?
Reply to  Mrs. Greenberg
October 1, 2023 10:41 pm

Right. Until now your kids only had statuses of their friends and family.

Now they automatically have the statuses of every goyishe influencer.

BIG difference.

It’s annoying
September 28, 2023 1:38 am

It’s a little annoying, but you don’t have to follow any of the channels. I personally don’t have a problem with it.

True
Reply to  It’s annoying
September 28, 2023 1:08 pm

True, but unfortunately there might be people who have poor self control, and maybe don’t want to place themselves in a situation where it is tempting but still want to use regular Whatsapp messaging

Following
Reply to  It’s annoying
October 1, 2023 10:42 pm

You don’t have to follow anything.

The channels pop up right under your statuses ready for you to open them.

A otd girl
September 28, 2023 1:41 am

If someone actually cared abt channels, they wld have insta. So it wouldn’t make a difference either way.

not necessarily
Reply to  A otd girl
September 28, 2023 10:44 am

what if they had WhatsApp because it was kosher and insta is blocked

What a lame argument
September 28, 2023 1:56 am

While I’m fully against channels as well, the arguments brought up are all easily refutable and borderline nonsense.
These channels are no different than whatever you get on telegram, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or facebook. theres no “security threat” from a channel or “privacy concerns”.
If you’re going to fight something, do it properly, or no one will take you seriously

The one who wrote it
Reply to  What a lame argument
September 28, 2023 10:36 am

I actually had AI generate this article and I posted it on quora under the title Jewish AI. That is why not everything is one hundred percent factual. But the main point is understood and that is that we are telling WhatApp to stop their channel features . If you want to suggest any edits to the petition then contact the person who posted it

Anon
Reply to  What a lame argument
September 28, 2023 1:09 pm

Right, but in the frum community whatsapp is considered more “acceptable ” than instagram, so it’s being used more and now that can be a problem

all social media is the SM satan
September 28, 2023 4:29 am

and try reading the privacy policy and terms of service of facebook and instagram too…

It's gonna get worse
September 28, 2023 7:14 am

We can’t ignore all the AI and chatbots that they announced yesterday

Pointless
September 28, 2023 7:33 am

People are failing to understand who they are trying to convice, META is a multi billion corporation, and the reason why they are doing it is to generate profit. When you don’t pay for a service you are the product.
Do you really think Mark Z is gonna read this and say “Oh, they are right. Let me go back and remove this”
If you are really concerned about content then dont use whatsapp.

Inside info
September 28, 2023 1:33 pm

According to someone who works there, they are putting a Block option for Channels

Who wrote this?
September 28, 2023 7:31 pm

This is clearly AI written. Though i do agree with most of it…

Channels
September 29, 2023 1:25 am

You don’t have to follow the channels you can ignore them like I do

Nope!
September 29, 2023 12:03 pm

“On man’s trash is another man’s come-up.” The feature has been the best WhatsApp improvement for some. You don’t like WhatsApp channels, stay away from ’em. Pretty simple.

Great idea
October 2, 2023 2:27 am

Crazy thing is u guys are concerned about the channel having bad stuff on it u can have chats too with bad things on it
I believe it comes down to self control just like with the things you see on the street u don’t have control over it but u have control over yourself and your eyes hopefully

L WhatsApp
October 3, 2023 6:22 am

Shoving new bad features down everyone’s throat every day

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