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Posted: Saturday, January 9, 2021. 2:00 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: WhatsApp, recognized for its encrypted messaging services, will begin forcing users to share their data with Facebook, Business Insider reports.

On Wednesday, WhatsApp issued an announcement to users informing that users would have to agree to Facebook and its subsidiaries to collect data, including location, phone numbers and contacts.

Users who do not agree will lose access by February 8.

Tech gurus have advised for users to switch to Signal or Telegram.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla said that users could use Signal.

A WhatsApp spokesperson said that the change is to allow businesses to store WhatsApp chats using Facebook’s infrastructure.

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