And as the debate continued, many have taken to offering up alternative platforms - such as Signal or Telegram - even as others vow to stop using WhatsApp. In Turkey for example, officials (including the Defence Ministry) are switching from WhatsApp to BiP.
Now, in a bid to stop the fallout, WhatsApp has issued a clarification. "We want to address some rumors and be 100% clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption," the company tweeted sharing a graphic.
"Neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can read your messages or hear your calls with your friends, family, and co-workers on WhatsApp. Whatever you share, it stays between you," WhatsApp explains. Not only this, according to the company, they don't keep logs of why people are messaging or calling, and neither Facebook nor WhatsApp can see a person's shared location.