WhatsApp To Start Sharing User Data With Facebook

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While it is common knowledge at this point that Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion, the company hasn't actually done much with the messenger app until recently. This section allows you to quickly browse through the documents that were sent to you by your contacts on WhatsApp. While we have nothing official from WhatsApp on the same, the service is definitely down for a lot of users here in India, as well as a few in North Americas. Facebook has allowed WhatsApp to do its own thing when updating its app and adding new features, keeping WhatsApp's 900 million users separate from the billion on its core social network.

Apparently this is an attempt to "improve the user's Facebook experience", says reports from the Android Authority.

In short, users were anxious about what would happen to the privacy and anonymity they enjoyed with the service when Facebook took over.

As Joon Ian Wang reports for Quartz, the change comes as Facebook is making a number of key changes to its other blockbuster messaging app, Facebook Messenger.

Even though Facebook makes the majority of its revenue from advertising, it appears WhatsApp, run by Jan Koum (also a Facebook board member), is going a different route.

A spokesperson from the app said in response to the outage earlier this month, "Some people have had trouble accessing WhatsApp for a short period today". Instead of running third-party ads, the app will try to let users communicate with businesses and organizations that they want to hear from.

Aside from the leak on data sharing, the new version of Whatsapp finally introduces a new end to end option, which developers claim will make your messages and media more secure than ever before.

The new features are now being tested. The company's recent decision on its popular messaging app could bring huge monetization opportunities and might put Facebook in direct competition with Apple Inc.

 

A private chat feature similar to that of the messaging app Telegram will also be available.

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