WhatsApp denies the privacy abuse

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we sent an email to the whatsapp support asking them why the application requires all those permissions to run

yesterday i tried to install it , and notice that it asked for my number to send a verification via sms,however the application red the sms without my permission which showed that it had access to my sms without my permission.

however i went to my application permissions and denied the application from having access to all the data , leaving only the internet connection available . But the application refused to start .

Anyway this application  is  a privacy concern for me  , i wonder why this application needs access to my mail,mobile inbox and multimedia infos?

but they didn’t only replied by “we don’t require access to your mail or mobile inbox”. So i am really wondering how did the application get the verification code from my sms inbox (without asking me  either i allow  or not) and why the application refuses to run without having permission to  my sms/mail inbox,multimedias and geo location?