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Facebook Wants To Harvest Your Whatsapp Numbers, But You Can Stop Them

Tell me you didn’t see this coming?
Whatsapp users, start getting ready for an onslaught of messages from companies looking to patronize you.  Yesterday, the company outlined in a blog post the kind of interactions it wants to have, including more targeted ads ?. However, in order to do this, WhatsApp will share your phone number with Facebook’s system.
Anyway, they have also created an opt-out method, so don’t go cussing Mark Zuckerberg, yet.
huge relief
The first method is the obvious:  Do not agree to WhatsApp’s updated terms of service!!  WhatsApp will notify you of the change to its terms of service. When you open the app, you will see a page that says this, and asks you to tap agree. If you are on this screen, follow these steps:

  1. Tap Read
  2. Uncheck Share my WhatsApp account information with Facebook…

(See why you need to read the terms and conditions?)
The second method for those who have already tapped agreed is: 
For iPhone users

  1. Go to Settings > Account.
  2. Uncheck Share my account info.

For Android users

  1. Tap the three dots icon on the top-right.
  2. Tap Settings > Account.
  3. Uncheck Share my account info.

P.S. You have 30-days to opt out, or else….
These changes are yet to roll out, but they will show up soon, so keep these steps in mind and share with your Parents too 🙂


11 comments on “Facebook Wants To Harvest Your Whatsapp Numbers, But You Can Stop Them

  1. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:


    1. Kay says:

      It’d have been perfect if it were:
      ….. I cannot come and go and die wit…..

  2. By Ghost says:

    Opting out option is just a consolation, if you read their privacy policy well u will see that it still shares your data and whatsapp it’s not all that private again. So checking that option does u no good. Though ur messages it’s still encrypted ie end to end. If you don’t want ur data to be shared you know what to do.

  3. Victor Molokwu says:

    Dam* Zuck…
    This dude wanna own the whole universe

  4. KingAbsolute says:

    Zuck tho, thanks for this. Sheldon’s reaction was how I felt at first sight to this post.

  5. BoyTechy says:

    Ah!!!!…..Me have agreed oooo……thanks Miss techy…..going to opt out right away.

  6. Emerson says:

    I already agreed to the terms but thanks to you I won’t be getting ads to buy a pace maker on fb. But if you opt out u wouldn’t be able to change it in the future, and am the kind of guy who loves to have multiple options so I can taste them all. Too bad.

  7. Emerson says:

    Thanks Tobi, I didn’t even read the terms I just agreed, wouldn’t even had known what would cause ad traffic on my whatsapp later. So no Zuck not this time. LOL.

  8. Adeniji Micheal says:

    This Dude Gat No Chill At All…

  9. Ibraheem says:

    Tobi, I think you’re wrong. As it is in the account settings, “your chats and phone number will not be shared onto facebook regardless of this setting”
    This clearly states that our phone number will not be shared with facebook.
    There is nothing wrong in accepting and agreeing to the update. It will make us see more meaningful ads.
    And also, it can be seen on whatsapp blog thus:
    “Today, we’re updating WhatsApp’s terms and privacy policy for the first time in four years, as part of our plans to test ways for people to communicate with businesses in the months ahead. The updated documents also reflect that we’ve joined Facebook and that we’ve recently rolled out many new features, like end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp Calling, and messaging tools like WhatsApp for web and desktop. You can read the full documents
    here . We’re notifying everyone on the latest supported versions of our app about these updates, and you’ll be asked to tap ‘Agree’ to accept the updated terms.
    People use our app every day to keep in touch with the friends and loved ones who matter to them, and this isn’t changing. But as we announced earlier this year, we want to explore ways for you to communicate with
    businesses that matter to you too, while still giving you an experience without third-party banner ads and spam. Whether it’s hearing from your bank about a potentially fraudulent transaction, or getting notified by an airline about a delayed flight, many of us get this information elsewhere, including in text messages and phone calls. We want to test these features in the next several months, but need to update our terms and privacy policy to do so.
    We’re also updating these documents to make clear that we’ve rolled out end-to-end encryption. When you and the people you message are using the latest version of WhatsApp, your messages are encrypted by default, which means you’re the only people who can read them. Even as we coordinate more with Facebook in the months ahead, your encrypted messages stay private and no one else can read them. Not WhatsApp, not Facebook, nor anyone else. We won’t post or share your WhatsApp number with others, including on Facebook, and we still won’t sell, share, or give your phone number to advertisers.
    But by coordinating more with Facebook, we’ll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on WhatsApp. And by connecting your phone number with Facebook’s systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them.
    For example, you might see an ad from a company you already work with, rather than one from someone you’ve never heard of. You can learn more, including how to control the use of your data, here .
    Our belief in the value of private communications is unshakeable, and we remain committed to giving you the fastest, simplest, and most reliable experience on WhatsApp. As always, we look forward to your feedback and thank you for using WhatsApp.”

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