This is something that everybody should know about their WhatsApp account!
WhatsApp plans to share its users’ phone numbers with Facebook, the first time the messaging app has allowed the two services to connect data since Facebook bought it two years ago (that's right, for the ones that missed out on this: Newsflash! Facebook OWNS WhatsApp).
It is actually very likely that this is something that you didn't know about your WhatsApp account… The account you also most likely use on a day to day basis. To talk to your friends, family, colleagues, secret lovers, aquaintances, etc.
So why don't you take a moment to check out the settings of your WhatsApp account and switch off the 'share info' button. That is of course if you don’t feel like sharing your personal conversations with Facebook.
Because this sneaky little switch, that is of course automatically turned “ON” in everyones profile after WhatsApp did one of their system updates (and you just clicked "Agree" without reading what exactly you were agreeing with), allows Facebook to use your personal information ”to improve your ads and product experience".
“By coordinating more with Facebook, we'll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on WhatsApp. And by connecting your phone number with Facebook's systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them,” WhatsApp said.
While the contents of WhatsApp messages such as words and images are end-to-end encrypted, meaning that the app cannot read them, it does have data including phone numbers and information about users' phones and operating systems.
It’s not that recommending friends will put you in some sort of danger, but it’s just the whole “Big Brother’s watching you” feeling that has become very uncomfortable. Facebook said it would not reveal phone numbers by displaying them on Facebook profiles, but would only use the data to improve its friend suggestion algorithm.
Agreeing to the policy means users who have your phone number saved in their phone may begin to start seeing your profile pop up in friend suggestions, since Facebook will now be able to link your phone number with your account.
All of our social lives are pretty much out there anyway, but still, isn't this just a wee bit freaky?! At least make the WhatsApp and Facebook user properly aware of this new functionality, BEFORE you implement it AND THEN allow this user to choose whether they would want to share their WhatsApp with the Facebook algorithm.
That seems only fair no? Anyway since this has not been the case, the question arises:
How to stop Facebook from getting your WhatsApp data?
Luckily, that's pretty easy (you just need to know about it first. But that's what we're here for!)
In the app go to >>> Settings >>> Account >>> Share my account info and uncheck the box.
WhatsApp, which dropped its annual subscription fee earlier this year and said it would begin to explore new revenue. Perhaps this secretly means selling your phone numbers...?
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