WhatsApp, the popular messaging service bought by Facebook for USD $19 billion, in 2014. (Image credit: AFP)

WhatsApp adds secure video calling amid privacy concerns

WhatApp co-founder says they want to make sure that voice and video work well even on low-end phones

San Francisco: One of the world's most popular means of communication, Facebook's WhatsApp, is adding fully encrypted video calling to its messaging app on Monday, a move that comes as privacy advocates worry about the potential for stepped-up government surveillance under a Trump administration.

WhatsApp, which boasts more than a billion users worldwide, adopted end-to-end encryption early this year, making it technically impossible for the company or government authorities to read messages or listen to calls.

The new video calling service will thus provide another means for people to communicate without fear of eavesdropping though WhatsApp does retain other data such as an individual's list of contacts.

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum said in an interview that video calls will be rolled out to 180 countries...Read more...

Source: gulfnews.com