Apple (AAPL) is said to be planning to restrict Facebook’s (FB) Messenger and WhatsApp from making voice calls over the internet in upcoming iOS update.

ound when it’s not in use. At the moment, apps like Messenger and WhatsApp run VOIP continuously in order to connect calls faster, but doing so could also allow them to do other things, like collect user data. According to The Information, Facebook may have to redesign its messaging apps in order to comply.

The change could have the biggest impact on WhatsApp, which allegedly uses VOIP to enable end-to-end encryption. But Facebook isn’t alone. Other messaging app developers use VOIP to keep their apps running in the background, and they’ll have to adapt to these changes, too. The update will be part of the September iOS 13 release, but developers have until April 2020 to comply.

In a statement provided to The Information, a Facebook spokesperson said:

“The changes to the upcoming iOS releases are not insignificant, but we are in conversations with Apple on how best to address. To be clear—we are using the PushKit VoIP API to deliver a world-class, private messaging experience, not for the purpose of collecting data.”


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