WhatsApp and Telegram fight on Twitter over end-to-end encryption | Applications and Software

O Whatsapp it’s the Telegram exchanged barbs over the weekend through their official Twitter profiles. It all started with a Telegram tweet – nothing new so far, as the messenger is constantly sending hints to WhatsApp on the social network. However, this time, the service belonging to Facebook responded to the provocation, generating a battle between the applications over the subject that you must already imagine: privacy.

WhatsApp and Telegram (Image: Adem AY / Unsplash)

The initial provocation was very succinct: Telegram tweeted an image that showed the evolution of the trash icon, in which WhatsApp appears as the most recent, with a Facebook icon in the middle of the content.

WhatsApp, meanwhile, decided to buy the fight and tweeted a meme with an uncomfortable girl while a man whispers in her ear. In the caption, the messenger profile wrote: “Telegram admin:‘… and what people don’t know is that we are not encrypted from end to end by default ’”.

But the admin was not kidding, and countered by claiming that Telegram users know this information, in a scenario supposedly different from what happens with WhatsApp users.

The Telegram account then brought a print of a conversation on the rival service accusing WhatsApp of lying about its own security levels. The tweet has three statements:

  1. Apple can have access to conversations that are backed up to iCloud.
  2. Google may have access to conversations that are backed up to Drive.
  3. WhatsApp can have access to conversations because it is possible to restore it on a zeroed device using only the cell phone number.

After that, there were no more direct responses from WhatsApp or Facebook to Telegram.

What is true and what is not in the midst of discussion

Firstly, the statement about Telegram’s end-to-end encryption is true – it is not enabled by default, you need to enable the app’s security features, in this case, secret chats, to have them at your disposal. However, as the account of the messenger created by Pavel Durov says, this was never a secret.

On the other hand, as developer Alessand Paluzzi (@ alex193a) recalled in a retweet, for Apple and Google to have access to the content of WhatsApp messages, they would need the key to access the CRYPT12 database.

It is also worth remembering that the scenario is about to change: WhatsApp is already studying a way to include end-to-end encryption in its backups, Android and iPhone (iOS), which should reach users soon, allowing passwords are created to preserve such files.

Restrictions of the new WhatsApp policy are postponed

WhatsApp’s new privacy policy, which has also been controversial due to data sharing with Facebook, would take effect last Saturday, May 15. However, in Brazil, the messenger again postponed the arrival of the new rules after an agreement with the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (Cade), the Federal Public Ministry (MPF), the National Data Protection Authority (ANPD) and the National Secretariat Consumer Protection (Senacon).

Due to this agreement, WhatsApp will postpone the restrictions imposed by the new policy on users for 90 days – with the possibility of a further postponement at the end of this period, if there are any disputes regarding the practices that violate the user’s privacy rights.

With information: WABetaInfo

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