Updated: Mar 27
This move seems to have been misunderstood and even overhyped by commentators with limited expertise. Others with an axe to grind against WhatsApp / Facebook because of mistrust have shared somewhat biased views in view of alternative messaging apps citing them to be less intrusive.
In this article, we hope to give a balanced view from a layman's perspective of what is happening and explain the specific context on how users will benefit besides sharing the privacy pitfalls to be wary of. Users can then decide the next steps.