On January 11th, WhatsApp tweeted “We want to address some rumors and be 100% clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption” along with a graphic showing exactly what was changing in a more clear way, garnering over 16,700 likes and 9,300 retweets in a day (shown below). Reception to the post was highly negative based on user comments, many of which accuse the developers of lying.
On January 12th, Independent published a piece claiming that WhatsApp’s rival Telegram saw a 500% increase in traffic following the announcement. On the same day, /u/offender_defender _ posted a meme referencing the situation to /r/dankmemes, garnering over 49,000 upvotes in 14 hours (shown below).
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