WhatsApp has changed its security policies, whether it is good or bad is another thing. As of now, WhatsApp new policy states that the app will be sharing your phone number with his parent company Facebook. This will allow Facebook to run analytics on user activity and send you friend requests for people you talk to in WhatsApp. And of course, it will allow Facebook to serve targeted ads to WhatsApp users, why everything is for ads these days?
Thankfully there’s a solution too, WhatsApp has put 30 days opt out period on their new policy, so whatsapp users have 30 days to change the settings to not allowed WhatsApp from sharing your phone number with Facebook. Opt out now, before the window closes.
WhatsApp opt out technique is somewhat hidden and little hard to find, but don’t panic we are here to help you out.
Option 1: Read the Terms and Conditions
When you update to the newest version of WhatsApp, you’ll see a new set of terms and conditions. Once the app is done updating, the first screen in the process will come up. Don’t tap “Agree” just yet! Scroll all the way down and uncheck the box that will share your WhatsApp info with Facebook.
Option 2: In Your Settings
If you’ve already updated to the latest version and just breezed through the setup, go into your WhatsApp settings. Tap “Account.” Here, you’ll find a new option for “Share my account info” and a brief description of what checking the box means. Just uncheck that box and you are done.
Take that Facebook, my number is not for you!