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A lengthy yet fascinating and well researched piece on how private conversations truly are. Even though it's based on the Whisper protocol, has found ways to read some reported messages and is making the most of the unencrypted metadata. propublica.org/article/how-fac

Before anyone says "WhatsApp can read your messages", please understand the details here: "WhatsApp reviewers gain access to private content when users hit the “report” button on the app, identifying a message as allegedly violating the platform’s terms of service. This forwards five messages — the allegedly offending one along with the four previous ones in the exchange, including any images or videos — to WhatsApp in unscrambled form, according to former WhatsApp engineers and moderators."

As someone working in fraud prevention, the details here are interesting - especially as it's a pretty standard approach.

Lastly, if you truly care about keeping your chats private, roll your own server or, more realistically, use .

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