Sharing data with Facebook: a turning point for WhatsApp?
Many of us imagined that sooner or later it would happen: despite a bigger protection of users’ privacy – thanks to end-to-end messages encryption – WhatsApp has started to share personal data from its users with Facebook, which in 2014 bought the Instant Messaging app for about $20 billion.
The popup that is appearing in these hours when starting Whatsapp informs that many users’ information – the operating system, the screen resolution, the telephone operator, the phone number and the frequency with which the user opens WhatsApp – will be collected and shared. The aim, says WhatsApp, is to allow Facebook to provide users of the social network with most targeted advertising or, if you prefer to see it from another perspective, to offer advertisers more information for profiling potential customers.
Despite the fact WhatsApp had promised to remain independent from Facebook after the acquisition, the choice to share with its parent company data of its users is clearly a sign that the popular Instant Messaging app is becoming more and more a marketing tool for Palo Alto. And users of WhatsApp, from customers, are likely to become more similar to real products. Probably many users now would prefer to return to pay WhatsApp 89 cents a year so as not to be considered an advertising target: this basically is the price to pay in order to use the app for free.
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