Don’t want WhatsApp to share details with Facebook? Change this setting NOW!

Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Thursday announced that it would share some of the user data like the mobile numbers and usage patterns with its parent company Facebook so that it could show relevant ads to people on Facebook or Messenger.

This is seen as a big shift in WhatsApp’s privacy policy. Earlier it had said that it would not use the user data for advertisement purposes. To be fair to WhatsApp, the company is not bringing ads to the chat service. It is just going to share information with Facebook, which then will be used to show you “relevant” ads on your Facebook Timeline.

With the change in privacy policy of WhatsApp, users may soon start seeing Facebook ads and friend suggestions based on their WhatsApp data. However, unlike many other apps, where users are left with no options and are forced to see such ads, WhatsApp provides a way through which you can tell it not to share your data with Facebook. At least for now.

To ensure that your WhatsApp details are not going to Facebook, here is what you need to do:

1. You will receive a WhatsApp notification, most likely in the coming days, informing you of the privacy policy update. On opening the page, you will see a terms and condition page similar to the page you see when installing the app for the first time.

2. Tap the read button.

3. Uncheck the button reading “Share my information with Facebook”.

In case you have already agreed to the new WhatsApp privacy policy and did not uncheck the Facebook option, you still have 30 days to go back and undo the changes. here is how you should do that:

— Go  to Settings > Account > Uncheck the box reading “Share my account info in the app”.

Although WhatsApp has promised not to show banner ads in the app to users, it is finally looking for ways to monetise the service. After all, a free service can’t pay the salaries of teams that work on WhatsApp. On Thursday, WhatsApp explained what it might do in future to monetise its service.

“In the future, we will explore ways for you and businesses to communicate with each other using WhatsApp, such as through order, transaction, and appointment information, delivery and shipping notifications, product and service updates, and marketing. For example, you may receive flight status information for upcoming travel, a receipt for something you purchased, or a notification when a delivery will be made.



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