Fake WhatsApp message promises to block new privacy rules | Antivirus and Security

The new privacy policy of Whatsapp became a topic for false messages within the service itself. A chain (hoax) that has been circulating in the past few days guides the user to share a text with the words “I DO NOT AUTHORIZE” to express their disagreement about the new rules. Obviously, this action has no protective effect.

WhatsApp changed privacy policy (image: Mika Baumeister / Unsplash)

It was going to happen sooner or later. Similar streams involving user data have already circulated on Facebook and Instagram, for example. In all cases, the orientation is almost always the same: share a text expressing disagreement about the use of certain data and, thus, Facebook will respect your decision.

Of course, this is not how it works. All privacy and security settings must be made through menus for this purpose, or even from notifications with authorization requests that are displayed by the service at a given time.

It happened with WhatsApp. In early 2021, the messenger updated his privacy policy and displayed notices to users whether or not they agreed with the new rules.

But the current in circulation says that the new WhatsApp rules will take effect “tomorrow” (note that no date is specified) and gives an orientation that is typical of hoax messages: that the user shares the same text.

Other characteristics that make it clear that the message is nothing but deceit include the alarmist tone, which tries to awaken a sense of urgency in the user, and spelling errors.

I DO NOT AUTHORIZE! *
I DO NOT AUTHORIZE
I DO NOT AUTHORIZE
I DO NOT AUTHORIZE

Remember, tomorrow begins the new Whatsap rule that allows you to use your photos !!

Remember that the deadline is today !!! It can be used in lawsuits against you.

Everything you posted can be posted starting today, even deleted messages.

It costs nothing more than a simple copy / paste, better to be safe than to be violated. Therefore:

I do not give whatsap permission or any organization associated with Whatsap, such as Facebook and Instagram, to use my images, information, messages, photos, deleted messages, files, etc. This is real. I share !!!!!!!! I do not authorize

Users who are well aware of the dynamics of social networks and instant messaging services easily identify the illegitimacy of this type of text. The hoax tends to be shared by users less familiar with the technology.

Some even suspect that that content has no effect, but, moved by the alarmist tone, they decide to share the message “just in case” or because they understand that there are no risks in this procedure.

    False message about the new WhatsApp policy (image: reproduction)

False message about the new WhatsApp policy (image: reproduction)

Fake message about WhatsApp is not harmless

Fake messages serve different purposes. They can be used to capture user data and even promote scams, for example, hence the importance of the user being aware.

According to Camilo Gutiérrez Amaya, head of the ESET Research Laboratory in Latin America, the WhatsApp hoax serves to “generate uncertainty among recipients, especially when there is not all information about what changes in the policies for using the app”.

The executive adds:

Sharing or forwarding this type of message is practically useless and obviously will not prevent the application of WhatsApp policies as soon as they take effect. Contrary to what you might think, chain messages waste time and spread false or even dangerous advice to unsuspecting users.

Camilo Gutiérrez Amaya

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