Becoming more like WhatsApp won't solve FB's woes

The internet has become an important part of our daily lives and most us can't seem to function without it. We are undoubtedly living in a digital age. But how can we stay safe online and protect our personal information?

Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014, an app that started encrypted messaging in the same year. In theory, messages sent via WhatsApp are completely private even from the platform itself. Now, Mark Zuckerberg has declared that Facebook will be moving towards encrypted services. Can we depend on this new move that our information will be protected?

Associate Professor Emma Baulch from the School of Arts and Social Sciences, along with Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández, Lecturer in Digital Media at the School of Communication, Queensland University of Technology and Amelia Johns, Senior Lecturer, IKM and Digital Studies Program, University of Technology Sydney think that encryption only creates the illusion of privacy. Click here to read more on why these researchers believe that becoming more like WhatsApp isn't a magic bullet solution to Facebook's privacy.