Report: WhatsApp allegedly snooping on customer messages - Mobile World Live

Report: WhatsApp allegedly snooping on customer messages

19 OCT 2011

Mobile online texting app developer WhatsApp has reportedly breached the privacy of users, reports Paid Content.

CEO of Silicon Valley software company Amazing Controls, Raj Marya, reported that when he sent a text using WhatsApp recommending rival service Ping Me over WhatsApp, he received a reply from WhatsApp sarcastically suggesting he switch to PingMe “since it’s so free and awesome.” He then claims WhatsApp deleted his user account.

Marya provided PaidContent with screengrabs of the text conversation.

If the allegations are true, it suggests WhatsApp is monitoring and interfering with the personal conversations of customers when they recommend alternative services.

WhatsApp did not respond to Paid Content’s attempts to contact the company.


Tim Ferguson

Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter... More

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