WhatsApp is still determined to share its users’ data with Facebook

R. Alonso

Madrid

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After a few weeks of silence, the WhatsApp messaging ‘app’ has announced that it will again ask its users to accept the new conditions of use of the platform through notifications. These policies, which will come into effect on May 15, will allow the application share internet user information with Facebook For commercial purposes. The platform now also points out that whoever does not accept the conditions before the deadline expires will not lose their account on the platform. Nevertheless, the user experience will be quite limited.

Specifically, WhatsApp has stated, through a statement, that if you do not accept the new conditions before May 15, you will not be able to access «all the functions of WhatsApp until you accept them. For a short time, you will be able to receive calls and notifications, but you will not be able to read or send messages from the application».

It should be remembered that the new conditions and privacy policy of WhatsApp will not have effect in the countries of the European Union; although its users are also obliged to accept it. Its implementation in the rest of the world will allow Facebook, the matrix of the ‘app’, share internet user data with the companies with which they interact through the messaging platform. Among them, according to the technology company in a statement sent to ABC, it includes “registration information of your account (such as your phone number), operations data, information related to the service, information about how you interact with others (including companies) when you use our services, information about your mobile device and IP address.

With this movement, the social network par excellence is trying to improve the profits reported by WhatsApp, which has more than 2 billion users around the world. For it plan to implement direct sales for businesses through the service.

Be that as it may, this move has been widely criticized by app users across the world. Many have even made the decision to cut their losses and delete the ‘app’ from the ‘smartphone’. On WhatsApp they are aware, so they explain that if you decide to delete the application they would “like you to reconsider.”

The new policies are not only costing the application users, they are also motivating similar services, such as Telegram The Signal, experience significant growth. The first, which has been the most downloaded non-video game ‘app’ in the past month, claimed a few weeks ago that it had exceeded 500 million active users. Likewise, it has rushed to launch new functions that allow the Internet user to leave WhatsApp without major problems, directly importing the conversations and files sent to its service.

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