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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).
 Twitter – you are the product
 Twitter – People rushing towards telegram …
 Twitter – Whatsapp after new policy…
 Independent – WHATSAPP FORCES USERS TO AGREE TO SHARE PRIVATE DATA INCLUDING PHONE NUMBER WITH FACEBOOK
 Independent – WHATSAPP RIVAL TELEGRAM SEES NEW USERS RISE 500% AMID EXODUS FROM FACEBOOK-OWNED APP
 Twitter – We want to address some rumors…
 Twitter – Now that #WhatsApp have updated their terms, forcing users to share their data with #Facebook, here's our suggested update to that notification you see at the top of your chats.
 Reddit – Throw me a party zucc
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