Whatsapp Has Significant Impact

Whatsapp is a popular messaging app that is used by millions of people around the world
in order to send and receive messages. This app is an example of software because a messaging
app is not a tangible item; instead, Whatsapp is a software program that relies on algorithms, or
commands, to run effectively. Whatsapp Messenger is the name of the software that Whatsapp
runs on. This software is owned by Facebook, the company that owns Whatsapp in its totality.
Whatsapp software is proprietary; Facebook owns the software and does not share their source
code with anybody. Finally, it is important to note that Whstapp uses the internet to
communicate. The messaging app uses IP addresses and other internet protocols so that deceives
can communicate seamlessly.

Whatsapp is widely considered to be a safe messaging system; however, spontaneous
cyber attacks and cyberbullying cannot always be prevented. For example, in May 2019,
Whatsapp did not let users know that malicious spyware was installed on their devices. This
situation was taken care of as the company asked users to update their app, thus solving the
problem. One should also remember that Whatsapp is messaging system that runs 24/7.
Therefore, it opens the door for cyberbullies to prey on their victims at any hour of the day!
Further, cyber bullies can use group chats to intimidate and pressure their prey into making bad
decisions. For example, cyberbullies have sent messages like “go kill yourslef” over whatsapp;
this presents a safety threat to the life of the victim. Also, according to TechCrunch, a few
months ago Facebook’s Whatsapp sued the NSO group for exploitation of malware. This case
remains inconclusive.

Although there are a few examples in which Whatsapp can be problematic at times,
Whatsapp dramatically improves people’s lives and does more good than harm. In today’s busy,
complex world, people need to communicate via messaging systems. In Latin America and India,
Whatsapp group chats allow friends and families over long distances to feel just a little bit closer.
(Of course, as always, one should be careful about spreading misinformation over Whatsapp
group chats as this could lead to people doing unscientific things!)

During the COVID-19 era, when in-person meetings are not possible, some companies and
schools hold meetings over Whatsapp, especially in Latin America. As a matter of fact, my own
English as a second language (ESL) tutoring based non-profit organization works because of
Whatsapp’s reliable messaging and video chatting features. Because of Whatsapp, tutors can
hold classes via the video chat feature and share links through the chat feature of the app. All in
all, Whatsapp’s impact on society remains to be rather promising as it allows the world to move
forward by enabling users to communicate across the globe and learn from one another.