WhatsApp may soon face a bigger issue in the international country like Turkey. After we’ve learned that the messaging app will be forcing its users to share data with Facebook, the said warning was released.
Turkey may file a case against WhatsApp
The Turkish authorities is said to be planning an investigation with the messaging app and its mother company, Facebook, in order to know whether they violated the privacy of its users.
As explained, they found this new update as letting the app for “more data being collected, processed and used by Facebook,” according to the statement.
Bloomberg didn’t specify the name of their source with this news. However, explains that this might really happen in the next months to come.
Turkey’s history against social media apps
Though Turkey might have credible reasons behind the rumored antitrust case against WhatsApp, Bloomberg also noted in their report that Turkey has a long history of stories against social media platforms.
Report says that Turkey was stifling most of social media apps in the country since several of them were being used for government protests and online activism.
This results to people, questioning the intention of Turkey against the messaging app.
WhatsApp to require users to share data with Facebook
On Jan. 6, we reported that messaging app WhatsApp will implement a new security privacy update for its users, outside of Europe.
This update will require all users to automatically opt-in sharing their data with its mother company, Facebook.
It’s either you give in, or get out of the said messaging app.
Not everyone likes it
Of course, users of the app—and even those who don’t use it—reacted against the said update.
Some says that WhatsApp should not require its users to connect data with Facebook, especially with all the issues connected to privacy against the social media giant.
It was also contracting to what the app originally stands for in the past:
“There has also been a lot of inaccurate and careless information circulating about what our future partnership would mean for WhatsApp users’ data and privacy. I’d like to set the record straight […]
Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we built WhatsApp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible […] If partnering with Facebook meant that we had to change our values, we wouldn’t have done it. Instead, we are forming a partnership that would allow us to continue operating independently and autonomously. Our fundamental values and beliefs will not change. Our principles will not change,” according to its 2014 blog post.
For now, Turkey has not yet confirmed nor denies the allegations of a possible antitrust case against WhatsApp, and even Facebook.