How to Stop WhatsApp from Sharing Your Data with Facebook (Act Fast!)

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As many of you are already aware, Facebook is going to start using data from WhatsApp to serve ads. This move has been met with a lot of skepticism as the social media company had made assurances of data privacy to WhatsApp users at the time of acquiring the popular messaging service.

Facebook announced this week that it would start using data from WhatsApp to serve better ads on Facebook and WhatsApp, as well as make improvements to the messaging platform.

Needless to say, this announcement has left a lot of users angry with many threatening to quit the popular messaging platform.

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Luckily, there are 2 ways to opt out of WhatsApp’s new terms of service and ensure your data privacy. But you need to act fast.

How to Opt Out of Sharing WhatsApp Data with Facebook

Here are two ways to opt out of WhatsApp’s new terms:

1. The first way to opt out is to NOT accept the new WhatsApp terms. If you have already accepted the new terms, then move on to the next method.

But if you haven’t, a popup will emerge next time you open WhatsApp, highlighting the new terms. Don’t click “Agree”.

Instead, click on the “Read More” option to read the updated terms. Scroll down to the bottom to see a toggle option for sharing your information with Facebook for “improved product experiences.” Toggle it off.

2. This method to opt out is for people who have accepted the new terms.How to Stop WhatsApp from Sharing Your Data with Facebook - WhatsApp's New Terms

You can still opt out of the new terms – provided you act within the first 30 days of accepting the new terms.

Here’s what you need to do –  Open WhatsApp, head to the Settings menu, and tap on the Accounts tab. Here you’ll find a “Share my account info” button that you need to uncheck to stop WhatsApp from sharing your data with Facebook.

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That’s it – You have now successfully opted out of sharing your WhatsApp data with Facebook.

It’s unclear if Facebook will use WhatsApp to serve ads on the messaging app. WhatsApp announced that the change is meant only to improve ads on Facebook. So for now, your messaging experience on WhatsApp may not undergo major changes.

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