Facebook is being removed from WhatsApp

Facebook has renamed itself, which has far-reaching consequences for the services belonging to the company – including WhatsApp.

Facebook bought out WhatsApp, which was still an independent messenger at the time, back in 2014. Two years ago, the app got the lettering “WhatsApp from Facebook”, which appears when starting and setting up. With this, the company wanted to make it clear that the Messenger belongs to the Facebook group. Now, however, Facebook has formed a new parent company and renamed it “Meta” (more precisely: Meta Platforms, Inc.).

“WhatsApp from Facebook” gives way to meta

Facebook, Instagram, Oculus and also WhatsApp are now subsidiaries of Meta. This should also be reflected in the apps, which is why the name Facebook is gradually disappearing from Instagram and WhatsApp. The WhatsApp beta for iOS made the start, which now says “from Meta”. The same change can now be found in the beta version for Android smartphones. When you open the app, the WhatsApp logo appears, with the addition of “from Meta” further down.

In addition, the mention of “WhatsApp from Facebook” in the app settings is also no longer there. In the beta version, there is only a blank space there.

WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart announced this change in a tweet:

What does the change mean for users?

For now, it remains a purely visual change. There will be no changes to the terms of use and privacy policy on the WhatsApp site. The Messenger continues to pass on data to meta services, including Facebook, within these provisions. This can be information such as device, operating system, browser, phone number, IP address and location. Facebook can also track communications with companies that use WhatsApp Business for business. In addition, messages reported by users automatically go to Facebook for review of conspicuous behavior. As atechbook reported, Facebook gets insight into the four preceding messages, including pictures and videos, whom users report a message.

Sources

  • WABetaInfo
  • WhatsApp