People Are Really Mad About Facebook's Changes To WhatsApp's Privacy Policies

 

 

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Over the last week, nearly 2 billion people around the world who use WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned instant messaging service, were greeted with a giant pop-up when they launched the app.

“WhatsApp is updating its terms and privacy policy,” it said.

Clicking through led to a 4,000-word privacy policy, which states that WhatsApp will now reserve the right to share data such as phone numbers, IP addresses, and payments made through the app with Facebook and other Facebook-owned platforms like Instagram. It also says that if people use WhatsApp to talk with businesses that use Facebook’s hosting technology to manage those chats, those messages could be used by the business to target people with ads on Facebook.

Unless people agree to these new terms, they will be locked out of WhatsApp on Feb. 8.

Online, the backlash was swift.

 


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