With WhatsApp’s new policy requiring users to share data with Facebook, the big question is will users continue to use WhatsApp?
While convenience and privacy has always been a battling choice, users of WhatsApp are now caught in the crossfire of either continuing their usage of WhatsApp or transferring all their contracts towards another app that not a lot of people might be using. This is a huge problem for some people especially if they are very privacy oriented but have to compromise due to their clients all using the now controversial app.
WhatsApp policy issue
WhatsApp will reportedly be enforcing its brand new policy of forcing its users to share their personal WhatsApp data with Facebook starting February of 2021 for certain users outside of the EU. This particular policy will allow Facebook to read user data including IP address, phone numbers, and other personal information.
The story reported by XDA-developers also notes that there will also be more personalized ads like what Facebook usually does. Will this new feature be a major turnoff for existing users enough to make them switch messaging apps?
What is the new WhatsApp policy
This will also reportedly allow players to interlink a number of other Facebook services spanning from the different apps like WhatsApp Pay on Instagram. All of these said changes are made to help enable a certain interconnected Facebook ecosystem.
How to avoid WhatsApp’s new policy
An important note is that the users won’t be able to back out of this particular data sharing exercise. This is unless they live in certain EU-governed regions that are all protected by GDPR. This is the only way out for all of the users of WhatsApp to avoid sharing their data with Facebook.
One big problem for those planning to switch messaging platforms is convincing everyone they are in contact with to switch messaging platforms as well. This could prove very challenging for those that aren’t too familiar with technology and had taken a while just to learn how to use WhatsApp.
There are also ongoing rumors regarding the WhatsApp ads along with a paid version of this app that supposedly skip all of the apps. However, this particular rumor has not yet been confirmed. WhatsApp has become very popular for those using both Apple and Android smartphones.
Despite the backlash over social media, FaceBook has been both apologetic while still leaving users with a do-or-die ultimatum as to whether to give up their data or find another messaging app.