At that time, the main worry was privacy and Co-founder Jan Koum calmed down the masses in a blog post at the time saying: “Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we built WhatsApp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible.” This seems not to be the case today as the company is letting the guard down on some of its own restrictions, and has announced it will begin sharing a limited amount of user data — including individuals’ phone numbers — with parent company Facebook.
Flipping backward on their original promise of privacy, WhatsApp says that sharing this information means Facebook can offer better friend suggestions by mapping users’ social connections across the two services, and deliver more relevant ads on the social network. The major issue that come up now is spam.
We don’t think most of the WhatsApp’s users will be thrilled with new revelations especially those what don’t want anything to do with Facebook or those who live different lives on the two platforms and value their privacy. Are you okay with WhatsApp sharing your user data with Facebook? Leave us a comment below.