December 4, 2021
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Whatsapp’s new terms are a facebook or nothing ultimatum

Facebook hasn’t been the most privacy lapse free platform, we have seen them being under lawsuits for a lot of times. So trusting them when you are a privacy cautious person is a hard thing, and most of the people in these social media platforms are. In all this WhatsApp had tried to disassociate them selves from these Facebook privacy practices, but well that time seems to be up, as the messaging app has decided to enforce new usage terms that give its parent company more control over your WhatsApp data.

An in-app notification sent over the past week gives nearly all WhatsApp users until February 8 to accept some new clauses introduced in the app’s terms of service and privacy policy. For the moment you can dismiss the pop-up without accepting anything — but it won’t stay like that for long. This notice is essentially an ultimatum requiring you to accept the new terms, or else be prepared to lose access to your WhatsApp account — there’s no middle ground.

This is a shocking move from WhatsApp and people like Elon Musk are even advising people to change and use other platforms like Signal, and honestly why not. And many of us would mindlessly agree to this regular-looking policy update, but diving a little deeper into the text tells you how Facebook’s plan to use your WhatsApp data comes into play here. Hitting that “accept” button will give the IM app your irrevocable nod to share any information that it holds on you with Facebook and its various subsidiaries.

This possibly comes as a part of Facebook’s recent efforts to tightly integrate all its messaging services — Messenger, Instagram DM, and WhatsApp — under one umbrella. In a similar policy change back in 2016 (about two years after being acquired by Facebook), WhatsApp gave its users a one-time option to opt-out of such overt data sharing with its parent company, but unfortunately, you don’t have that option this time around.

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