However, WhatsApp recently issued a clarification that the new update is not going to affect the users in any way. The company also clarified that it will not be sharing its users’ data with Facebook or any other company.
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021
According to Will Cathcart, head of WhatsApp, the company has no intention to spy on its users, read their conversations, or view their videos/pictures. Will further stressed the fact that the company will not be sharing any access to data with Facebook.
Today we're answering some common questions we've received @WhatsApp. Our policy update describes business communication and adds transparency. It does not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family.
— Will Cathcart (@wcathcart) January 12, 2021