Why you should seriously consider deleting WhatsApp from your phone

You might want to consider ditching WhatsApp if you want to protect your private data, warns tech expert Toby Shapshak.

Shapshak is the author of Stuff magazine and says the messaging app no longer offers enough security.

He says users should be wary of the Facebook-owned messaging app after the string of privacy threats, breaches and scandals facing the social media company.

Shapshak says Facebook has a history of exploiting data without the consent of users and could target the instant messaging service next.

He advises that smartphone users consider switching to alternative messaging apps Telegram and Signal in order to make sure that users privacy is not compromised.

There's a whole bunch of things that have gone wrong... Facebook said when they integrate WhatsApp they said there is no way to separate your phone number from your data, which has been proven as a straight out lie.

Toby Shapshak, Editor-in-chief - Stuff magazine

Facebook's real customer is not us the user. Facebook's real customer is the advertiser.

Toby Shapshak, Editor-in-chief - Stuff magazine

WhatsApp has access to all your contacts... WhatsApp and Instagram are where Facebook is going to start looking.

Toby Shapshak, Editor-in-chief - Stuff magazine

It's a surveillance economy.

Toby Shapshak, Editor-in-chief - Stuff magazine

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