WhatsApp data will be used for Facebook targeted ads
Popular messaging service WhatsApp has announced it will begin sharing a limited amount of user data, including individuals' phone numbers, with parent company Facebook.
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. Additional analytics data from WhatsApp will also be shared to track usage metrics and fight spam.
The messager will also explore how businesses can use WhatsApp to contact customers.
WhatsApp says that users will be able to "manage these communications,
" and that this won't lead to third-party banner ads on the service.
the company said in its blog post.