Edit: debunked by @bowline. However, the broader issue remains and is addressed in further posts.
There’s no need to break end-to-end encryption if your content is captured by apps before encryption or after decryption, then piped to the company’s servers.
I wonder if this tactic will be revealed in the end user license agreement.
I don’t read Forbes ‘contributor’ articles - basically just opinion posts from anyone, like a business-oriented HuffPost.
Seems the Forbes Contributor Network post wildly extrapolated from a video at a Facebook dev conference (Clickbait? On Forbes? ), and the author got reamed on HackerNews for it (including a response from a WhatsApp VP).
A blog post today by security researcher/cryptographer Bruce Schneier’s blog outlines the story:
Facebook’s record on privacy speaks for itself.
In the meantime:
In my opinion, backdoors are inevitable - it’s just a matter of figuring out how to conceal them.
As the links above show, WhatsApp denies the story you posted.
That said, I don’t use any Facebook products. Their history, regardless, is irrelevant to the claims made in the Forbes blog post.