This comes after the messaging app’s announcement of its privacy update caused millions of users to abandon the service and head over to Telegram or Signal instead.
With the clear message to WhatsApp being one of a huge loss of users' trust, they are now pulling all stops to repair this strained relationship with users. First they postponed the policy rollout, and now they appear on our list of new statuses, with the first of the four status updates announcing that “WhatsApp is now on status”, followed by “We’ll let you know about new features and updates here”.
WhatsApp Status update, slide 1
The second slide reminded users that WhatsApp is still committed to our privacy, and then went on to remind readers that they cannot read our personal conversations, thanks to end-to-end encryption. WhatsApp also promised to share subsequent updates.
Several Nigerian users have so far taken to Twitter to share their reactions to the new development, with most reactions ranging from comic to skeptical.
End-to-end encryption ensures that only you and the person you’re communicating with can read or listen to what is sent, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp can access your chats.
If you will like to verify that your chat is end-to-end encrypted: open the chat, tap on the name of the contact then open the contact info screen. From there, you can tap on Encryption to view the QR code and a 60-digit number.