WhatsApp has suddenly been accused of seriously misleading its 2 billion users. The Facebook-owned platform promises it cannot read your messages. Not so, is the shocking new allegation from a major rival, “you’re lying.”

Is WhatsApp "lying" to its 2 billion users?

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WhatsApp and rival messenger Telegram have been trading blows on Twitter this weekend, as the Facebook-owned messenger, in the minds of many, shows the true data harvesting colors of its owner and forces new terms on its 2 billion users.

Of the various accusations that Telegram let fly at WhatsApp, one stands out above the rest. WhatsApp prides itself on its encryption, “your personal conversations are still protected by end-to-end encryption,” it says, “which means no one outside of your chats, not even WhatsApp or Facebook, can read or listen to them.”

So important is this encryption, that it was the cornerstone of its defence against this year’s user backlash, as millions reportedly quit after the Facebook changes were announced. “In the past five years,” WhatsApp boss Will Cathcart said recently, “we have securely delivered over 100 trillion messages to over 2 billion users.”