Half a year ago, I explored whether we can be sure if WhatsApp messages are actually end-to-end encrypted. We can’t, but I am more inclined to believe them now than I was back then. Not because I think they are the good guys, but because they are going to extreme lengths to monetize the app in other ways while maintaining that the messages are encrypted.
Privacy and targeted-ads-based revenue models are incompatible. Anyone who, after this, still thinks that WhatsApp prioritizes privacy is a fool. Having encrypted messages while giving all other pieces of personal information away is like putting on some sunscreen before running into a burning building.