stop WhatsApp sharing phone number with Facebook
WhatsApp announced yesterday that would start sharing some user data including your phone number with parent company Facebook. two companies say new policy will help you find friends “improve your Facebook ads and products experiences,” but it will also give businesses new avenue to reach potential customers, with WhatsApp describing situations where banks and airlines will use your phone number to get in touch about fraudulent payment or delayed flights.
WhatsApp has promised that it won’t sell or share that number with advertisers, but if you still balk at the idea of putting your phone number where legion of hungry brands could potentially see it, you’re in luck — you’ve still got chance to stop WhatsApp from hand Facebook this new data if you act fast. There are two methods, as Motherboard notes, but first has to be done before you accept messaging app’s new terms of service. Rather than clicking “agree” blindly, press smaller “read more” option below, uncheck box that reads “Share my WhatsApp account information with Facebook…”
if you’ve already accepted those new terms, however you’ve still got 30 days
- Head to app’s settings menu-
- then press the account tab.
- you can uncheck the box reading “Share my account info” to stop providing Facebook with your user data.