The messaging app WhatsApp mentioned on Friday it was nonetheless discussing the rollout of an replace in Turkey, regardless of a press release from Turkey’s Competition Board saying the replace wouldn’t be issued.
WhatsApp up to date its terms of service in January, saying it was reserving the suitable of its proprietor Facebook and its subsidiaries to gather person information resembling cellphone numbers and places. This triggered a backlash in Turkey and a probe by the Competition Board.
“It is not the case that we no longer intend to roll out the update in Turkey. We continue to discuss next steps with the relevant authorities and we remain fully committed to delivering secure and private communications for everyone,” WhatsApp mentioned.
It mentioned the replace didn’t broaden its means to share information with Facebook or have an effect on the privateness of non-public messages with associates or household.
“We continue to roll out our update gradually around the world and the majority of people who have received it have accepted,” WhatsApp added.
Earlier on Friday, the Competition Board had mentioned WhatsApp had knowledgeable it that the replace in query involving information sharing wouldn’t be imposed on any customers in Turkey, together with those that already authorised it.
Turkey’s authorities has imposed new restrictions and fines on social media firms since a regulation was handed in July that it says bolsters native oversight of the overseas companies. Critics say the regulation stifles dissent from Turks who’ve moved to on-line platforms because the authorities tightened its grip on mainstream media.
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