The latest update of WhatsApp has triggered a privacy threat among users as it is now sharing your mobile number with Facebook, the company which bought the cross-platform messaging application in 2014.
By this Facebook will be able to give more appropriate friend suggestions and provide more relevant ads that is expected to boost the company’s revenue. While there’s nothing wrong in exploring other ways to make money, this might soon open up new dimensions (read trouble/spams) by allowing businesses to text you in WhatsApp in future.
Who knows? It may be coming sooner than later. As far as now, if you don’t want your number to be shared with Facebook, make sure the ‘Share my account info‘ box is unchecked in account settings on WhatsApp.
Note: Users with an older version of WhatsApp might not even see this option.
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We’re also updating these documents to make clear that we’ve rolled out end-to-end encryption. When you and the people you message are using the latest version of WhatsApp, your messages are encrypted by default, which means you’re the only people who can read them. Even as we coordinate more with Facebook in the months ahead, your encrypted messages stay private and no one else can read them. Not WhatsApp, not Facebook, nor anyone else. We won’t post or share your WhatsApp number with others, including on Facebook, and we still won’t sell, share, or give your phone number to advertisers.
But 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. For example, you might see an ad from a company you already work with, rather than one from someone you’ve never heard of. You can learn more, including how to control the use of your data, here.
Our belief in the value of private communications is unshakeable, and we remain committed to giving you the fastest, simplest, and most reliable experience on WhatsApp. As always, we look forward to your feedback and thank you for using WhatsApp.