WhatsApp head Will Cathcart told PTI the Facebook-owned company remains committed to privacy and security of users across India and will continue to explain to users that their messages are end-to-end encrypted.
“We know we have to compete for users’ trust when it comes to privacy and that's very good for the world. People should have choices in how they communicate and feel confident that no one else can see their chats,” Cathcart said.
Asked if WhatsApp had seen an exodus of users to rival apps such as Signal and Telegram, Cathcart answered in the negative.
“No. We’re grateful that people continue to use and trust WhatsApp to communicate... We think competition on privacy is good because it will help make apps even more private and secure in the future,” he added.
Asked if the government has sought clarification on the matter, Cathcart said: “We remain available to answer any questions and to explain our continued commitment to the privacy of users across India.”