Facebook’s approach to our personal information couldn’t be more at odds with Mark Zuckerberg’s newly acquired company, WhatsApp. While
The new owner of WhatsApp has promised to keep it that way. In an interview at the
“The vision is to keep the service exactly the same,” he said. He reiterated that WhatsApp neither uses nor stores any of the photos and chats exchanged on the app. “The content is deleted almost instantly, which is what people want. We would be pretty silly to get in the way of that,” he added.
Under the influence of his own upbringing in
Though Zuckerberg said the acquisition gives WhatsApp time to focus on growing its user base rather than making money off its members, the company will eventually be expected to extract money out of the millions of people using the popular messaging service. Koum and his co-founder had been against the idea of advertising, which happens to be the core of Facebook’s money-making strategy.
Whatsapp currently charges a dollar annually for the use of its services after the first year.
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