The founder of the enormously popular WhatsApp free messaging service is telling its users that their privacy will not be affected following the app’s purchase by Facebook.
Last month, the social network agreed a buyout deal valued at a staggering $19bn dollars, a sum which raised eyebrows across the mobile world.
Now Jan Koum has taken to the WhatsApp blog to reassure users that they have no need to be concerned about their messages being monitored in order to direct advertising towards them. This idea is one of the staples of Facebook’s business model.
In the blog post, Koum stated: “Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA. Speculation to the contrary isn’t just baseless and unfounded, it’s irresponsible.
“It has the effect of scaring people into thinking we’re suddenly collecting all kinds of new data. That’s just not true”.
Whether Facebook will make any changes to the way WhatsApp operates remains to be seems. However, it’s notable that Mark Zuckerberg’s company appears to have done little to interfere with Instagram since its high-profile buyout of the photo-sharing service in 2012.