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You probably did not know this, but the widely used messaging app entitled WhatsApp has recently changed its terms and conditions and it will now be able to share some of your private information (such as your phone number) with Facebook. If you do not wish for that to happen and still enjoy both apps to the fullest, you should take the following steps.

To begin with, WhatsApp has changed its privacy policy so that it will be able to transmit information from your account to Facebook. The purpose of this is to provide better targeted ads which may work for some people, but it doesn’t work for everybody. This situation is not shocking at all as Facebook actually owns WhatsApp and it has been its owner for the past four years.

Now, you’re probably wondering what type of account information can be shared between WhatsApp and Facebook. Mainly it will be your phone number and the last time you used the app. Messages or media that you’ve shared in your conversations will not be visible to Facebook due to WhatsApp’s  end-to-end encryption feature. This feature only allows the two people who are conversing to actually see the messages.

At the same time, any of your info that is shared by WhatsApp will not be visible by Facebook users. For example, if your number is shared with Facebook, then it will not appear visible on your FB account.

Making better target ads is not the only reason why the two apps are now sharing your information. They also claim that this will help with fighting spam and abuse.

Of course, some of you may have no problem with this issue at all, but some of you may not want these two apps to share information about you so here is how you opt out of this situation.

Step 1. Launch WhatsApp on your phone;

Step 2. Go to Settings>> Account;

Step 3. Tap the check mark on the right of the ‘Share my account info’ panel;

Step 4. Tap ‘Don’t share’ if you want to disable it.

However, if you decide to do this, there will be no turning back as the option will be disabled forever. So you should think very well before you decide if it’s really worth it.