There is no such thing as a free lunch, and WhatsApp users are about to taste the price of sharing their supposedly private phone number, not that they have any choice in the first place. The last thing everyone enjoys is to have their phone being bombarded with online advertisements or worse – calls from strangers trying to sell their products.
Such breaches of privacy is not supposed to happen, as WhatsApp sought to reassure its users that absolutely no advertisement would be placed to interrupt users’ experience right after it was acquired by Facebook in a whopping US$19 billion deal. However, common sense should tell you that it’s a matter of time before they break their promise.
Unless Mark Zuckerberg is retarded, of which he clearly isn’t, Facebook has no plan running WhatsApp like a charity forever after splashing US$19 billion. After 2 years of ads-free since the acquisition, the day has come to squeeze every penny from more than 1-billion WhatsApp users. On Thursday, WhatsApp announced it will begin sharing phone numbers and analytics data of its users with its parent company – Facebook.
WhatsApp justifies the sharing of your phone number with Facebook – “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.” Even if you believe WhatsApp’s explanation (again), which you shouldn’t, there’s no way to trust the bigger liar – Facebook.
It’s a public knowledge that Zuckerberg’s Facebook is brainwashing users by deciding what news they should read. Now, they’re starting to make money by allowing businesses a new avenue to reach potential customers – that’s you, dude. Don’t be surprise to receive calls or text from an insurance salesman just because you read an article about insurance in your Facebook.
Is there any way to stop this intrusion by the evil Facebook? Yes, by uninstall and stop using WhatsApp. But that’s impossible considering the amount of friends and groups you’re engaging now. Fortunately, there’re 2 ways to tell Mark Zuckerberg to stop snooping and sharing your data.
As expected, you might have seen the new terms and conditions but didn’t bother to read it, therefore, happily agreed to it. Worry not because you’ve still got 30 days to opt out from Zuckerberg’s evil scheme in making money out of your valuable data. So, for those who have “blindly” accepted those new terms, there’s still a way to backtrack on your initial acceptance of the policy.
Here’s the second method: go to the WhatsApp’s “Settings” menu, and then select the “Account” tab. From there, uncheck the box reading “Share my account info” to prevent any sharing of user data with Facebook. Of course, if you don’t have a Facebook account, there’s nothing to worry about but to be on the safe side, it’s advisable to perform this procedure anyway.
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