With the popularity and rise in use of online text-based communications came the emergence of a new texting language, tailored to the immediacy and compactness of these new communication media.
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For example, online gamers are likely to use text abbreviations not used by a financial blogger.
Most people will only know a dozen or so general text abbreviations and a few more that are used by people with similar interests online.
"From now on when you and your contacts use the latest version of the app, every call you make, and every message, photo, video, file, and voice message you send, is end-to-end encrypted by default, including group chats," it wrote in a blog post announcing the change. While Whats App will still be able to access some important data, such as the behaviour of its users, the actual content of conversations will now be much harder to read.
"The idea is simple: when you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to," Whats App wrote. The company said that it expects that end-to-end encryption will be added to other services in the future since it "will ultimately represent the future of personal communication".