Millions of people are embracing free mobile messaging services like WhatsApp and Kik as a way to avoid outrageous carrier charges for texting. But now one user says he has evidence that the popular service WhatsApp engaged in an egregious breach of his privacy.
Raj Marya is the CEO of a Silicon Valley company called Amazing Controls that provides software services to the building industry. To communicate with his friends and clients he uses a variety of messaging services such as Kik and Blackberry Messenger. Last Friday, he claims to have sent a message to friends via WhatsApp suggesting they try the service called PingMe. To his surprise, he received an apparently sarcastic response from WhatsApp that read “WhatsApp Server thinks you should switch to PingMe since it’s so free and awesome.” Soon after, Marya claims, the company deleted his account.