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Mark Zuckerberg: WhatsApp Is More Secure than Apple’s iMessage

Mark Zuckerberg points to several features to explain why WhatsApp beats Apple’s iMessage in privacy and security.

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Meta/ CEO has a message for and iPad users. He claims that Meta-owned provides more privacy and security than 's . Zuckerberg suggests iOS users are better off using WhatsApp than the native instant messaging solution.

Does he have a point? Well, partly yes. Zuckerberg points out in a Facebook post that WhatsApp encrypts all messages no matter the platform. While iMessage encrypts messages on iOS, it converts messages to non-encrypted SMS when sending them to devices.

Another benefit Zuckerberg says WhatsApp has over iMessage is the ability to disappear chats with a single tap of a button. This is a new feature that makes it impossible to recall messages on your phone (if you choose). Yet another unique feature the CEO mentions is end-to-end encryption backups, again something that is not available in Apple's service.

He sort of has a point, doesn't he? There is no doubt the closed nature of iOS, in general, makes iMessage a secure choice but once messages leave Apple's watchful eye, they are not as secure.

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WhatsApp has always been a leader in maintaining the privacy and security of its users. It is sort o ironic considering Facebook and Meta have a terrible track record on both fronts. I guess it is a compliment to the company that it has managed to somehow maintain the integrity of WhatsApp (and to a lesser extent Instagram) while Facebook's brand image has hit lows.

As for Zuckerberg's comments, it ties to a wider ad campaign WhatsApp is embarking on to emphasize the security of the app. It seems that the campaign will include calling out rivals and making direct comparisons to them.

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Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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