Facebook Changes Whatsapp's Terms and Conditions for the Worse



Thu, Aug 25th, 2016 09:42 by capnasty NEWS

Watch out: Whatsapp notes that they are updating their terms and privacy policy, carefully trying not to make it sound that basically Facebook is going to milk your Whatsapp information to provide the social media giant with more ways to generate revenue. You don't feel comfortable about that? No problem! You can opt out here. Or can you?

The Facebook family of companies will still receive and use this information for other purposes such as improving infrastructure and delivery systems, understanding how our services or theirs are used, securing systems, and fighting spam, abuse, or infringement activities.


ISIS is starting to sound more trustworthy an organisation than Facebook. At least they make it clear that they want to kill you.

As to be expected, not everyone is impressed. I guess people are still shocked and surprised Facebook lies. Hey, remember Instagram?

Another change is potentially more controversial: WhatsApp says it will begin "coordinating" accounts with Facebook by sharing WhatsApp users' mobile phone numbers and device information, such as the type of operating system and other smartphone characteristics. The company says Facebook will employ the phone number internally to better identify WhatsApp users on Facebook, so it can make friend suggestions or show targeted advertising.

The ads would come through a Facebook program called "Custom Audiences," which lets a business upload lists of customers and phone numbers or other contact information the business has collected from warranty cards or other sources. Facebook matches the list to users with the same information and shows them ads. Facebook says it doesn't give out users' information to advertisers.

WhatsApp phone numbers are valuable to Facebook. While the social network already has many phone numbers, it doesn't require users to provide them, and doesn't always have the most current number for everyone on Facebook. But anyone on WhatsApp must provide a current phone number because that's how WhatsApp knows where to deliver messages.



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"As Facebook points out, there is no such thing as privacy on Facebook."