WhatsApp Privacy Policy Changed: It Will Share Your Phone Number With Facebook

WhatsApp Privacy Policy Changed: It Will Share Your Phone Number With Facebook

Facebook owned WhatsApp announced that it will share you phone number with mother company Facebook. This is the first time WhatsApp privacy policy has changed in last 4 years. WhatsApp who claimed to be committed to protecting user’s data and privacy has taken a ‘U’ turn.

In a blog post they confirmed the move to share user data with Facebook to integrate businesses with messaging platform. The blog recalls notable features like WhatsApp Web, Calling and end-to-end encryption before dropping the bomb.

WhatsApp Privacy Policy History

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum claimed no changes to be made in future when Facebook acquired the company in this blog post. This is what he had to say about their new partnership with Facebook and changes for users:

Today we are announcing a partnership with Facebook that will allow us to continue on that simple mission. Doing this will give WhatsApp the flexibility to grow and expand, while giving me, Brian, and the rest of our team more time to focus on building a communications service that’s as fast, affordable and personal as possible.

Here’s what will change for you, our users: nothing.

It is clear that WhatsApp has decided to make some money after offering free service for so long without any ads. The company has over 1 billion users worldwide. It seems like a right time to reap the reward. There is a great revenue prospect with such kind of active user base.

How Does It Affect A User?

There will be no change in user experience at least for now. You will not be seeing any intrusive ads like other messaging apps. WhatsApp clarifies that it will use your contact number to deliver better friends suggestions and relevant ads based on the “coordination” between two companies. You might receive notifications from business you are associated with like a bank or an airline. Your bank may send notification about a fraudulent transaction, or an airline informing you about the cancelled flight.

The blog does not go in detail about how WhatsApp data can be used to show you relevant ads in Facebook. Your experience is not going to change for sure but a lot of things will change in the background.

How To Avoid Sharing Contact Number

You have 30 days to make the decision. If you have already opted-in and want to change that now then you still have some time on your side to change your decision. You can head to this post to understand how to stop sharing your contact number with Facebook.

There is a mixed reaction about this change among WhatsApp users. I am concluding this chilly news on this note that “ads are coming”.

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Backup WhatsApp Chat, Photos and Videos To Google Drive With New Update

Backup WhatsApp Chat, Photos and Videos To Google Drive With New Update

Image Courtesy Google Drive Blog

I have seen a lot people losing their WhatsApp messages, photos and videos quite often. Reason – They lost the phone or formatted it and all other strange reasons. Not anymore. Google Drive announced an integration into WhatsApp application which will allow you to backup WhatsApp messages, photos and Videos to Google Drive. The update will be gradually rolled out and there is no fixed way to find out. As per Google Drive blog you need to keep on checking the settings to verify the option. (more…)

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WhatsApp Has 900 Million Active Users Says CEO Jan Koum

WhatsApp Has 900 Million Active Users Says CEO Jan Koum

Mark Zuckerberg must be a happy man for last couple of weeks. Last week Facebook crossed 1 billion active daily users mark on 25th August and now WhatsApp achieved another milestone of 900 million active users. WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum took to Facebook to share this news with his boss Mark Zuckerberg.

WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook last year for whopping ~ $19 billion despite WhatsApp loss in 2013 and 2014. Many experts opined that it was a way too much price for the messenger service. Facebook was on shopping spree in last couple of years and it was apparent they were going after the user base. Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion in 2012.

Twitter has only 300 million monthly active users where Facebook is working on their vision to bring as many users under their wide range of social products.

Facebook has some crunching numbers with them. Here is a number perspective:

 

  • Facebook Messenger service has 700 million users
  • WhatsApp just announced 900 million active users
  • Instagram officially announced 300 million users last year Dec
  • Facebook juggernaut has already crossed 1 billion mark

Its been argued that active user count is not a criteria to quantify the success of any platform. For an instance if a user came online on WhatsApp for few seconds in a 30 day period, so he will be considered as an active user. The standard of success can be the number of messages sent in a month to qualify for being an active user.

Its still unclear that how Facebook monetizes the Messenger and WhatsApp business. Recently, they revealed a personal digital assistant “M” in the Messenger. The aim is to associate it with Company’s e-commerce business.

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WhatsApp Web Is Now Available On A Browser

WhatsApp Web Is Now Available On A Browser

Popular messaging application WhatsApp is now available on web. You can receive and respond to your text without taking your phone out of your pocket just straight from your desktop’s browser. WhatsApp is currently available on all popular smartphone platforms running Android, Blackberry, iOS and Windows. (more…)

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