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WhatsApp makes it look like you have no choice but to give up your data to Facebook - but there is a way around it.
This strictly means that Facebook is going to start eating your data up and using it for ads unless you will tell it not to.
WhatsApp has provoked a big storm by announcing that it is going to start sharing its user data with its parent company Facebook, despite assurances at the time that it was bought that everyone's data would remain entirely private. They even revealed that it is only to improve the messaging platform.
While many people are angry that most of their personal data- chats and history will potentially be compromised in the name of sharing, there are others who are searching out ways to get out of this.
We are happy to tell you that, there are two major ways to opt out of these changes and much to your surprise they are simple AF.
The first way can be done if you haven't yet accepted the terms, using the pop-up that might have emerged while using your messaging app. If you haven't yet received, and you face it anytime later, make sure you do not click "Agree". Instead, make sure you click on "Read More" and untick the box that says "Share my WhatsApp account information with Facebook."
If you have already accepted the new terms, don't fidget. You can still opt out of it, as long as it is within 30 days. You can do that by heading to the Settings menu in the app and pressing on the accounts tab - there you will find a "share my account information "button that you can undress and revoke your permission.
While it isn't really clear if this will change your experience at all. But there might be some irrelevant ads floating when you will be on the network.
While you might be busy checking if the terms might be unticked and safe for your personal chats, do not forget to check the app that kicked Facetime and Hangout out of the video calling system.