Another major change is the fact that Facebook could have access to your phone number but also your WhatsApp account information. One may ask what Facebook wants to use it for, so here are two possible uses. The first option is about allowing a company to contact you on WhatsApp rather than doing it on Facebook Messenger, via the same bot system. Soon, your bank, for instance, might warn you that your credit card may have been misused through Whatsapp.
The second is “to enhance your experience with Facebook products and advertisements.” What does it refer to? Using the “information we have provided” – i.e. your phone number and potentially your WhatsApp profile – to “improve your experience […] and post offers and relevant advertising.” In clear, the idea is to improve targeted advertising on Facebook also using your WhatsApp information.
WhatsApp says that by connecting your phone number with the Facebook system, it can make better suggestions of friends but also suggest ads that are more suitable if you have a Facebook account. So you can see get advertising from a company with which you have worked for instead of seeing that a brand which you have no link with.
In parallel, however, be aware that your posts and messages are meant to stay encrypted and will not be shared with Facebook, according to WhatsApp.
If you are bother with this change, you still have a few days to modify this, if you are a bit curious though.
Whatsapp users in the United States have already had to accept the new conditions, but this change has just hit France on August 26th.
You should see this message: “Change of terms and conditions.” Then read this message carefully before clicking “accept”.
Click below on “learn more” about this change. Then uncheck the “share my information with Facebook.”
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