WhatsApp has announced a few days ago that it will start sharing some user data (including your phone number) with parent company Facebook. The two companies said that this new policy will help you find friends easier, but it will also improve your Facebook ads and products experience.
In addition, it will give businesses a new way to reach potential customers, as airlines or banks will use the WhatsApp ID (phone number) to get in touch regarding a delayed flight or fraudulent payment.
We have to tell you that WhatsApp has promised that it will NOT share or sell your mobile phone number with advertisers, but we’re pretty sure that there will be a good amount of users who will not want to risk this. This is the reason why today we will try to give you some information about how you can stop WhatsApp from handing Facebook this new data.
According to Motherboard website, there are two ways you can do that, but this must be done BEFORE you accept the messaging app’s new terms of service. Instead of tapping on the “agree” without reading, press the smaller “read more” option and make sure that you uncheck the box that says “Share my WhatsApp account information with Facebook…”.
If you’ve already accepted the new terms, thankfully, you still have 30 days to remove that option by heading to the WhatsApp application settings menu and tapping on the account tab. Here you will need to uncheck the box which says “Share my account info” in order to stop providing Facebook your user data.
What are your thoughts about the new terms of service that WhatsApp has? Will you allow WhatsApp to share your user information with Facebook or you’re afraid that your user data will be used for hidden purposes?