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.
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.
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.
For those who have “blindly” accepted those new terms, there’s still a way to backtrack on your initial acceptance of the policy. (Worry not because you’ve still got 30 days to opt out )
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.