Berikut There’s a Bug, WhatsApp on Android Accesses Microphone Secretly
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iwanrj.com – Jakarta – Some WhatsApp users have reported finding a bug where the app unexpectedly accesses the microphone on Android-based devices.
Google and WhatsApp immediately confirmed that they were aware of a bug that caused the messaging app to unexpectedly access the microphone.
Based on reports from Engadgetregarding issues bugs This microphone was experienced for the first time a month ago, but only received attention after a Twitter engineer tweeted about the issue and the tweet was endorsed by Elon Musk.
Images shared on the Twitter engineer Foad Dabiri’s account show that the microphone has been repeatedly running in the background when he is not using the app.
He attached a screenshot of Android’s privacy dashboard, which tracks how often apps have accessed the device’s microphone as well as the camera.
WhatsApp has been using the microphone in the background, while I was asleep and since I woke up at 6AM (and that’s just a part of the timeline!) What’s going on? pic.twitter.com/pNIFe4VlHV
— Foad Dabiri (@foaddabiri) May 6, 2023
Meanwhile, Musk retweeted Dabiri’s tweet and said that WhatsApp cannot be trusted. Incidentally, Musk is known to be a fan of Signal, and says Twitter will roll out encrypted direct messages as soon as this month.
On the other hand, WhatsApp shared an official statement on Twitter advising this problem and explaining that this problem is not caused by inappropriate microphone access by its app. Google is currently investigating and working to overcome this bug.
Dabiri isn’t the first to notice this bug. The WhatsApp Wabetainfo blog has highlighted this bug a month ago, and describes the problem as false positives that affects owners of Google Pixel and Samsung devices. After that, it was stated that one of the solutions to this bug was to do restart smartphone user.
Despite being aware, Google did not say much about the cause of this bug, but confirmed that it was investigating the issue together with WhatsApp. [FY/HBS]