Telegram Founder Claims Whatsapp is a Surveillance Tool

Telegram Founder Claims Whatsapp Is A Surveillance Tool

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Whatsapp once again is in trend and not for the right reasons. Data privacy on Whatsapp has been a matter of concern for a long time and once again the worldwide debate has stirred concerning the data privacy of Whatsapp users. The recent buzz around Whatsapp picks up its pace when Telegram Founder Pavel Durov claims that Whatsapp is not a secure platform and is used as a surveillance tool for hackers.

In his Twitter post, Durove mentioned that “Hackers could have full access (!) to everything on the phones of Whatsapp users.” 

Telegram Founder warns about WhatsApp for the malicious activity of hackers, he says “All a hacker had to do to control your phone was send you a malicious video or start a video call with you on WhatsApp.”  

Referring to the Whatsapp security flaw reported last week, Durov points out that similar data privacy issues are fixed by Whatsapp in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 also. Clearly, one after another Whataspp has been facing such privacy issues for 4 years now. In his long post, Parel Durov mentioned that every year there is some new issue in the app that puts users’ devices and privacy at risk. 

Pavel Durov on Whatsapp
Source: Business Today

Bringing up the data breach of Jeff Bezos in 2020, Durov said if one of the world’s richest man’s phones can be hacked then how are the rest of the users secured? According to the reports, Jeff Bezos’s phone was hacked after he received a Whatsapp message from the Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman.

Raising concern over the security risks of Whatsapp, Parel Durov deleted the app in November 2019. Durov advises users to delete the app from their smartphones and prevent their messages and photos from getting leaked. He further adds, he is not warning people about the malicious activity of Whatsapp and not urging people to use Telegram instead. 
With over 700 million active users and more than 2 million daily signups, Telegram doesn’t need additional promotion. You can use any messaging app you like, but do stay away from WhatsApp — it has now been a surveillance tool for 13 years,” says Durov.

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