With over two billion active users, WhatsApp is without a doubt one of the most popular apps around the world.
But some users have been left reeling by the latest change, which means they could lose access to their account unless they agree to share data with Facebook.
The change affects the way that WhatsApp processes data, and will apply regardless of whether or not they have a Facebook account.
‘We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services and their offerings, including the Facebook Company Products.’
WhatsApp has confirmed that WhatsApp users in the UK and Europe will not have their data shared with Facebook.
While WhatsApp will start sharing data with Facebook, it’s important to note that WhatsApp is encrypted by default, meaning Facebook will not be able to see the contents of your messages.
However, it will be able to see who you message, as well as how often you do it.
If you use WhatsApp you should have received a notification this week, explaining the changes.
WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014, and has shared data with its parent company since 2016.
However, until now, users have been able to opt out.
Unsurprisingly, many WhatsApp users are absolutely furious about the change, with many taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
One user wrote: ‘It’s telling me that i have to accept to share my data with facebook otherwise i cannot use whatsapp. Time to remove WhatsApp.’
Another added: ‘Ready to delete Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp… Ready to migrate to Telegram, Signal and all way Twitter.’
And one said: ‘Strongly recommend switching to a more ethical and privacy focussed app such as @signalapp or @telegram. Delete Whatsapp and delete Facebook.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Shivali Best