Aug 28, 2016 05:30 AM EDT
The Facebook-owned company stated that it has updated the terms to test ways to connect users with businesses, which could likely point to marketing adverts, TechCrunch reported.
The announcement should come to no surprise as the company announced in January its aim to find ways to connect businesses with its users, which is about one billion members.
The new terms does not indicate specifically that users will now receive ads, but it is likely, as users from Facebook has experienced in recent months. WhatsApp has been acquired by the social media platform a few years back, and now it seems both are ready to make a relatively bold move.
It still remains to be seen whether users would warm up to the idea, but members who are reluctant to share their information with Facebook still has an option to opt out of the data sharing plans.
WhatsApp claims that sharing its members data with Facebook would help regulate spam, and ultimately abuse. While this could help keep the online community among WhatsApp users clean, but this could also lead to persistent "suggestions" and "relevant ads" as seen with the Facebook interface.
Users whom would opt for exclusion with the move has the option to go to the app's included terms and conditions and tick the option that would keep them out of the expected move by WhatsApp and Facebook.
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