This is an urgent message that you need to read and share with your audience. WhatsApp, the popular messaging app owned by Meta, has recently launched a new feature called Channels that could pose serious risks to your privacy and security. Here’s what you need to know about this feature and why you should demand WhatsApp to give you an option to opt out or create a separate app for it.
What is WhatsApp Channels?
WhatsApp Channels is a new feature that allows accounts to send one-way broadcasts to followers. Users can follow channels of their interest, such as hobbies, sports teams, or local officials, and receive updates in the form of text, photos, videos, stickers, and polls. The feature is currently available in Singapore and Colombia, and is similar to the Channels feature of Telegram.
What are the dangers of WhatsApp Channels?
While WhatsApp Channels may seem like a convenient way to receive important updates from people and organizations, it also comes with several drawbacks and risks that you should be aware of.
First of all, WhatsApp Channels are not end-to-end encrypted by default. This means that Meta can access and store your channel messages on its servers for up to 30 days. Meta can also share your channel data with third parties, such as advertisers, law enforcement agencies, or hackers. This could compromise your personal information, such as your location, interests, preferences, and opinions.
Secondly, WhatsApp Channels can expose you to unwanted or harmful content that you cannot control or report. Since channels are one-way broadcasts, you cannot reply to or block messages that you receive. You also cannot report channels that violate WhatsApp’s terms of service or community standards. This could expose you to spam, scams, fake news, propaganda, hate speech, violence, or pornography.
Thirdly, WhatsApp Channels can interfere with your private conversations and relationships. Since channels are located in the same tab as your status updates, they can clutter your screen and distract you from your personal chats. They can also influence your mood and opinions by showing you biased or misleading information. Moreover, they can affect your social network by revealing who you follow or what you like to others.
And most importantly, WhatsApp Channels put our children at risk from predators as many minors use WhatsApp as their messaging app.
How can you protect yourself from WhatsApp Channels?
The best way to protect yourself from WhatsApp Channels is to demand WhatsApp to give you an option to opt out of this feature or create a separate app for it. You should not be forced to use a feature that you do not want or need. You should have the right to choose what kind of messages you receive and who you communicate with on WhatsApp.
If you agree with this message, please contact WhatsApp and voice your concerns. You can reach them through their website, email ([email protected]), phone (+1 650 543 4800), or social media (@WhatsApp).
You can also sign this petition https://chng.it/VqMkWQCmQG to show your support for this cause.
Thank you for reading this message and spreading the word. Together, we can make WhatsApp a safer and more private place for everyone….