As per usual, folks are freaking out about something they saw on the internet. This time it involves the WhatsApp messaging service and the social networking giant Facebook.
The word on the street is WhatsApp messages are no longer being secure, and Facebook is now stealing all of your WhatsApp data to sell to the highest bidder.
- If you didn’t think WhatsApp and Facebook wasn’t going to have some sort of integration after Facebook paid so much ($22 Billion) for one of the best messaging platforms, you’re crazy.
- Facebook is not stealing/sharing your WhatsApp phone number or actual messages…Shame on you for believing everything you read on the internet
What’s really going down is WhatsApp is in fact sharing account information, NOT YOUR ACTUAL MESSAGES, with Facebook ONLY to:
“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 your purchased, or a notfication when a delivery will be made. Messages you may receive containing makeing could include an offer for something that might interest you…”
Surprise! The FREE TO USE WhatsApp and Facebook wants to use your information to figure out better ways to serve you ads…”Nothing in this world is free”. If you want more information, versus freaking out at a click-bait blog post headline, check out the Key Updates section of the updated Privacy and Terms section on the WhatsApp website.
If you want to know what I think: “I’m not tripping”. But if you are an existing WhatsApp user and don’t feel like having Facebook “all up in your business”, here’s how to disable Whatsapp Account information sharing with Facebook:
- WhatsApp Settings > Account > Toggle Share My Account Info button
That way “All your WhatsApp information are belong to you” …For now anyways.
Now back to your regularly scheduled program.