WhatsApp dropped by Turkish President Erdogan after Facebook privacy

WhatsApp dropped by Turkish P…

WhatsApp dropped by Turkish President Erdogan after Facebook privacy

The Straits Times | 2021-01-10 14:16

ISTANBUL (BLOOMBERG) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's media office and the country's defence ministry told journalists they're quitting WhatsApp, joining a global flight from the popular messaging app over new usage terms that have sparked privacy concerns. The presidency will move its WhatsApp groups to encrypted messaging app BiP, a unit of Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS, on Jan 11, it said in messages to the groups. The Defense Ministry followed suit on Sunday (Jan 10). The switch coincides with Mr Erdogan's broader campaign against social-media platforms that activists say is meant to stifle dissent. Changes to WhatsApp's terms and services effective Feb 8 will allow it to share data with parent company Facebook. Users must agree to the new terms, which would allow for more targeted advertisements, or lose access to their accounts at WhatsApp. The push to monetise Wha…

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