announced that it would begin sharing user data with its parent company, Facebook
, to "improve user ads and products experiences." This understandably caused a bit of a stir among fans of the mobile messaging app, which consistently promises to protect user data from advertisers. If you're among the group of people who are against sharing your WhatsApp information with Facebook, you'll be glad to know that you can opt out of doing so.
This tutorial will show you how to change your WhatsApp settings so that it won't share your data with Facebook for ads
Open WhatsApp. Before you tap Agree
Scroll to the bottom, and uncheck the box next to Share my WhatsApp account information with Facebook to improve my Facebook ads and products experience
Now, tap Agree
, and your new settings will be applied.
Open the app, and go to Settings
. Uncheck the box next to Share my account info
Your new settings should take effect immediately.
These steps only forbid Facebook from using your data for advertising purposes. According to WhatsApp, Facebook 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."