WhatsApp will shortly start to share your data with Facebook as a condition of use of the app. This completes a U-turn which began when Facebook first acquired the app back in 2014. At the time, WhatsApp assured users that their data would remain private, and not be shared with Facebook … more… The post…WhatsApp will share your data with Facebook whether you like it or not — 9to5Mac
I deleted my Facebook account utterly back in 2018, but continue to use WhatsApp to this day because it bypass SMS messaging charges with my cell phone provider. And with international travel (remember that?) it made it a little easier and more fun to share things with people in real time. But now, I’m questioning that decision. And may have to NOW dump WhatsApp as well. If there’s any intent, spirit of competition left in regulatory agencies that watch Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s actions, I’m hoping they DO decide to breakup Facebook. And if WhatsApp is cast-off as a standalone entity so much the better. But everytime Zuck buys something, I’m going to run away from it like a California wildfire, or a Gulf Coast hurricane, as nothing good can come from sheltering in place against the existential threat of Facebook.