WhatsApp on iOS could soon start showing ads to users
by Joshua Swingle / Sep 28, 2018, 4:37 PM
According to WABetaInfo, who has a history of providing accurate information about upcoming WhatsApp features, the popular messaging platform is already working on bringing ads to the iOS version of its app. These will replicate those seen through Instagram’s Stories by appearing within the WhatsApp Status. What remains unclear at this point, however, is if these ads will be targeted. After all, WhatsApp messages are encrypted, which means Facebook cannot use them to mine data on users. However, the company could choose to associate phone numbers with Facebook profiles. This would allow the social media giant to place targeted ads based on user activities within other apps.
As this particular feature is still in the testing phase, it may still be quite a while before iPhone users start seeing them. As soon as they are implemented, though, it’s only a matter of time before the feature arrives on Android devices.
Posts: 200; Member since: Sep 23, 2017
NOOOOOO what a POS these facebook ppl are! I wish all of the people would stop using the app but that won't happen :/ So sad that even small things like a messaging app comes down to money. Too bad the creator sold the app to fb but oh well. cheers!
posted on Sep 28, 2018, 5:00 PM 2
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Well...Facebook can’t continue to offer service for free...forever. Once WhatsApp starts ads...people are gonna jump ship to other apps. Google may have real shot to revive their ailing pair of messaging apps (Duo/Allo).
posted on Sep 28, 2018, 5:33 PM 1
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What about people who purchased the app on iOS in early days. Can they sue them if ads display
posted on Sep 28, 2018, 5:47 PM 2
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Sue them for what?
posted on Sep 28, 2018, 6:00 PM 0
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just don't update lol
posted on Sep 28, 2018, 6:49 PM 0
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Too bad most of my contacts don't use iMessage.
posted on Sep 28, 2018, 7:50 PM 1
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