Erdogan’s WhatsApp abandoned after Facebook privacy changes

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s media office and the country’s Ministry of Defense told reporters they are leaving WhatsApp Inc. and joining a global heist of the popular messaging app on new terms of use that has sparked confidentiality issues. The presidency will switch its WhatsApp groups to the encrypted messaging app BiP, a unit of Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS, on Jan. 11, she said in messages to the groups. The Ministry of Defense followed on Sunday. The change coincides with Erdogan’s broader campaign against social media platforms, which activists say is aimed at quelling dissent. Changes to WhatsApp’s terms and services from February 8th will allow the company to share data with parent company Facebook Inc. Users must agree to the new terms that allow for more targeted advertising or lose access to their accounts. on whatsapp. Efforts to further monetize WhatsApp came at a time when Facebook’s revenue growth was near all-time high. While messaging has increased more than 50% in many of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus, those increases have not resulted in more advertising dollars, according to the company, since popular services are not platforms. Forms in which Facebook has robust advertising activity.