Did you know Facebook owns WhatsApp? Most Americans don't, and that's a problem

Did you know Facebook owns WhatsApp? Most Americans don't, and that's a problem
If the massive Cambridge Analytica data collection scandal or more recent hacks of a staggering number of Facebook accounts made you delete the world-dominant social network and move to Instagram and WhatsApp, you might be missing an important point.

The three brands are actually owned by the same company, which is a detail most tech-savvy consumers are well aware of. But even though Facebook closed its highly publicized WhatsApp acquisition around four years ago, a big chunk of the latter’s users may not be as knowledgeable about the two’s tight relationship as you think.

DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused web search company, recently conducted a survey among 1,297 randomly selected but demographically representative US adults, finding more than half of those who used WhatsApp in the previous 6 months were not aware of the app’s connection to Facebook.

Similarly, a whopping 56.38 percent of respondents who used Waze had no idea the navigation service is owned by Google, which has been true since 2013. The numbers are fairly close to those yielded by an April survey focusing on Instagram and YouTube’s ties with Facebook and Google respectively, which are also not as widely known as we’d expect.

Why is this stuff important aside from giving us yet another reason to lose faith in humanity? For one thing, because maybe these companies are not doing such a great job advertising their business links.


Obviously, we wouldn’t expect WhatsApp to change its name to... FaceApp or Waze to become even more similar to Google Maps, but some users would definitely appreciate a more upfront word of warning about certain data sharing policies. Specifically, the fact their personal information harvested from WhatsApp and Waze accounts will often go directly to the two’s parent companies.

For pretty obvious reasons, controversial tech giants like Facebook and Google prefer to keep their subsidiaries on as separate entities with their own brand identities, which unfortunately leaves the research responsibility to every individual user. On the bright side, it’s extremely easy to find this information... if you’re indeed concerned about your online security and privacy.

source: DuckDuckGo



1. JCASS889 unregistered

good ol regular text messaging is the way to go, facebook is all about data collection, so they are 100% using whats app to gather data.

2. libra89

Posts: 2333; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

WhatsApp is best for sharing media though without compression.

6. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Without compression? Lmao I think u mean iMessage but not everyone has iOS.

7. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Whatever he meant Whatsapp is far and away the most popular messaging app in the world. Sorry to burst your iMessage bubble.

14. FCB-Eto

Posts: 64; Member since: Aug 17, 2013

I think you mean telegram

3. Valdomero

Posts: 706; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Why don't we go back to BBM or use Telegram instead?

4. AronWunarso

Posts: 245; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I guess it's already too late

8. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1113; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

BBM is still alive, but without a true BB market presence, most have all but left it in the dust.

11. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

With Telegram, only secret conversations use (proprietary) encryption, while Whatsapp employs (open source) end-to-end encryption on all conversations.

5. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Most Americans barely know what WhatsApp is to begin with. Then again most Americans couldn't point out Ohio on a map.

9. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1113; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Hey now, we Americans are well aware that Ohio is located directly between California and Washington on the East coast along the Indian Ocean. We aren't all complete morons

10. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015


12. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 170; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

Definitely true for the Caucasian Americans. I'd say most of the Americans from other backgrounds like Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, etc. use it frequently and know about it.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Most Americans don't know that much, the education is very low compared to other parts of the world!

15. Onespot

Posts: 55; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Duckduckgo is a company that earn in thr name of privacy and they make people more concern by simply pointing out silly things, they want tech giants especially google to run out of business so that people can use their search engine, By the way what kind of reatarted things you do on the internet that people are so concern about their privacy? If you are doing something that you wany to hide, you should know how to hide it from the giants

16. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I honestly didn't know waze is owned by google but that's just me

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