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  • 14 Jul, 2024

Elon Musk's Criticism of WhatsApp's Security

Elon Musk's Criticism of WhatsApp's Security

Elon Musk's recent critique of WhatsApp's security practices reflects his ongoing concerns about data privacy and Meta's influence in the social media landscape.

Elon Musk, the owner of X (formerly Twitter), has once again criticized WhatsApp over its handling of personal data. In a recent online exchange, Musk stated that WhatsApp is "not secure at all," reigniting his ongoing feud with the messaging service.

In response to a user's question about the appearance of ads related to their private conversations on WhatsApp, Musk bluntly asserted that the platform lacks security. This comment follows a previous public dispute between Musk and WhatsApp, which is owned by Mark Zuckerberg's Meta conglomerate. Earlier this year, Musk had responded to claims about WhatsApp's data practices, asserting that the platform exports user data for targeted advertising, thereby making users the product rather than the customer.

WhatsApp's head, Will Cathcart, attempted to defend the platform's conduct, emphasizing their commitment to security and end-to-end encryption of messages. However, security researcher Tommy Mysk, known for uncovering data vulnerabilities in various platforms, supported Musk's claim by highlighting the use of user metadata for targeted advertising across Meta services.

Previous Interactions and Ongoing Feud

Musk's criticism of WhatsApp is not a standalone incident. In 2022, during the process of purchasing Twitter, Musk expressed concerns about Meta's extensive control over social media, given its ownership of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. He even referred to Meta's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, as "Mark Zuckerberg XIV," drawing a comparison to France's historical figure, Louis XIV.

The tension between Musk and Zuckerberg escalated further when Meta launched Threads, a platform for real-time online conversations that was perceived as a direct competitor to Twitter. Despite Threads initially garnering 100 million users, public interest quickly waned, leading to strained relations between the two tech billionaires.

Conclusion

Elon Musk's recent critique of WhatsApp's security practices reflects his ongoing concerns about data privacy and Meta's influence in the social media landscape. As the debate around data security and privacy continues to evolve, Musk's outspoken stance serves as a reminder of the importance of safeguarding user information in the digital age.

Syed Haider

Syed Haider

BMM - MBA