WhatsApp admits to using microphones on cellphones

A serious allegation must emerge to answer Share itAfter accusations on social media including Elon Musk on TwitterThe messaging site uses the microphones of its users’ cell phones.

It followed similar reports online from Samsung and Pixel phone owners. Confused users ask “Why is my WhatsApp always using my microphone?” And shared in a series of posts “WhatsApp uses microphone when not in use”. Reddit and in Websites of Medium From Google and Samsung.

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WhatsApp responded on Tuesday that the problem was caused by “misrepresenting information” in the “privacy panel” on Android.

Users have full control over their mic settings

Once granted permission, WhatsApp will only access the mic when a user is calling or recording a voice note or video – even then, these communications are protected by end-to-end encryption so WhatsApp can’t eavesdrop on them.

— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) May 9, 2023

The Privacy panel in your Android phone’s settings lets you see which apps use which permissions. This includes things like your location, access to the microphone and camera, which many apps need to function properly.

WhatsApp added that it has asked Google to investigate and “fix” the issue.

In a follow-up tweet, WhatsApp said that the microphone can only be accessed with permission “when a user is making a call or recording a voice or video note.” It said, “These communications are protected by end-to-end encryption, so WhatsApp cannot eavesdrop on them.”

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