Telegram founder digs deep into WhatsApp again, calling it a ‘surveillance tool’

Telegram founder Pavel Durov is often critical of WhatsApp. This time, he called the messaging platform a ‘surveillance tool. The founder of Telegram has urged users to stay away from Meta-owned WhatsApp. He highlighted a security issue disclosed by WhatsApp last month and said that the messaging platform was putting user data at risk. He urges people to use any other instant messaging app except WhatsApp.

Durov said in Telegram announced, “Hackers can gain full access to everything on WhatsApp users’ phones.” He also claims that WhatsApp has kept users’ data under surveillance for the past 13 years. Furthermore, he claims that the security issues found on WhatsApp were actually planned on purpose.

According to Durov, planted backdoors allow governments, law enforcement, and hackers to access encryption and other security measures.

“Every year, we learn about a number of issues in WhatsApp that puts everything on their users’ devices at risk… Doesn’t matter if you’re the richest man on Earth – if you have WhatsApp installed on your phone, all your data accessible from any app on your device,” Durov.

Again, this is not the first time the Telegram founder has criticized WhatsApp for being prone to security issues. Earlier, Durov mentioned that WhatsApp will never be secure unless the company makes some fundamental changes to it. But until then, he advises people to stay away from the app to save their smartphones from being hacked.

Durov explained the security and privacy features offered by Telegram and said, “I am not pushing people to switch to Telegram here… Telegram does not need additional advertising.” He said that Telegram follows a privacy-first approach to its instant messaging. The app currently has more than 700 million active users and it is reported to have recorded steady growth with around two million daily users.

Regarding WhatsApp’s security and privacy, the messaging platform claims to offer end-to-end encryption for all chats, video calls, and messages. However, a few times the application has fallen victim to bugs and security issues that often raise questions about the privacy of the application.

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