Yesterday we reported on these pages the news relating to the Whatsapp microphone on Android which would be activated even when the application is closed. Well, there are some major updates because Google has confirmed this to be a bug.
As highlighted by the search engine giant in a statement, a bug it would be causing inaccurate reporting in the OS Privacy Dashboard.
“Based on our current investigation, this reported bug in Android affecting WhatsApp users generates incorrect privacy indicators and notifications in the Privacy Dashboard”, a spokesperson said in a statement, in which he explained that “we are working to develop a fix for users“.
It’s unclear if that fix will come through an Android update or if Google is working with Meta on developing an update for Whatsapp.
The matter had also ended up in the ears of Elon Musk who had harshly attacked Whatsapp in response to the report received from a Twitter engineer who had made the discovery. In fact, the CEO of SpaceX in no uncertain terms had defined the application as “unreliable”, although in the end it was highlighted that it is not directly the fault of Mark Zuckerberg’s application or some “hidden” function to spy on users.