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The Electronic Frontier Foundation's attorney Hanni Fakhoury commented in early 2014 that while Whisper may have no legal choice in the matter, "it’s the doublespeak that’s problematic." Fakhoury elaborated that: "You have to be very careful about selling a program as a secure way to secretly communicate, and then reserve [sic] the right to turn over that information whenever necessary." After reading Whisper's response, Twitter’s former security head Moxie Marlinspike commented on Hacker News that Whisper "should never have claimed to provide anonymity if it had to track users to make the app function". Senator Jay Rockefeller asked Whisper's CEO to appear before him and the staff of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to explain Whisper's tracking systems, tracking data retention, and data distribution.

He pointed out that there are many "hard problems" that need to be solved before a service can claim to provide truly untraceable anonymity, and that "there are projects like Tor that are approaching these types of problems seriously, but apps like Whisper or the, now defunct, Secret end up poisoning the well and confusing its users". Buzzfeed, the Huffington Post and Fusion (TV channel) suspended their partnerships with Whisper.

Since 2013, Whisper has brought its technology team in-house.

Whisper had 25 software engineers in their Venice, CA office.

If these metrics are correct, Whisper outperformed CNN, Vice, and Buzz Feed on Facebook for interactions." The service's anonymity is claimed to have fostered a support network where concern and care among users has developed: according to Mashable, "The team regularly hears from users that the network's community has helped them stop self-harming behaviors." Another premise behind the service was to counter the "best possible self" ego-driven self-aggrandizing "vanity" posting done on Facebook, and as an antidote to the phenomenon of "oversharing" and "too much information" that young users engage in online.

The digital-news website SMU SMC summed up all these points together: "In addition to preventing cyber bullies, Whisper gives users the opportunity to confess to things that could potentially ruin marriages, friendships or result in loss of job, without suffering consequences.

The Guardian clarified the claims regarding user location, and data storage in a retraction article.

The Guardian removed an opinion piece titled "Think you can Whisper privately?

The Whisper app has been criticized by many widely-read news media outlets for requiring access to and selling data from their user's smartphone features, such as the camera and the users' contact list while the users are relying upon the app for secrecy to express their private feelings.

While some users share some dangerous information about themselves or others, Whisper is also continuously being investigated by journalists and government authorities for Whisper's dishonesty to their entire subscribed users about Whisper's false statements about their privacy policy in regards to their users.

To seek further indemnification for its continued monitoring and sales of its user's data, Whisper made an arrangement with one of its own advertisers, Condé Nast, the owner of ARS Technica, to publish a story to falsely indemnify Whisper of tracking its own users for financial gain.