Safety? Web is about as safe as it gets. It's one thing to spy on users but it's a whole another thing for Tencent to masquerade under the name of safety to cheat users into downloading what could quite possibly be spyware. That's not only spying but also spreading false information about computer security to the masses.
I strongly prefer native apps over web apps because I can firewall off native apps. I can't do the same for web apps.
I was referring to the WeChat web app vs. the WeChat Mac/Windows app; the web version has no access to your filesystem, but they are not allowing people to use it anymore. The Mac/Windows versions could theoretically read any files on your system, spy on your clipboard, portscan your private LAN, scan Wi-Fi networks, and lots of other nasty things that the web version cannot.
True, but in terms of privacy, that doesn't matter if the app can't communicate out.
I agree with you for purely offline tools such as Inkscape/GIMP/etc. though.
True. Apps that must communicate out in order to do their jobs are a different category.