Here’s a quick and easy method to opt-out from sharing WhatsApp data with Facebook in the latest version of the popular instant messaging app.
Late last week, Facebook announced that in future WhatsApp data will be exchanged with the social network in a bid in order to allow advertisers to target users with specialized ads. Further, a user’s contacts will be cross-referenced on the platform to grant new Friend suggestions.
Thankfully, there is a way to opt-out of data sharing to avoid your personal information being shared with Facebook. The option is available to users within 30 days of updating the app, and will remove Facebook’s ability to deploy targeted ads.
How do I opt out?
Once users have updated to the latest version of WhatsApp, they‘ll be prompted to accepted updated terms and conditions. To opt out:
Tap Read to expand the full terms and conditions
Scroll to the bottom
Above “˜Agree‘, uncheck the option that reads “œShare my WhatsApp account information with facebook to improve my Facebook ads and products experiences“
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