Turkey has tested Facebook's move to collect WhatsApp data


Turkey has tested Facebook's move to collect WhatsApp data


Turkey's competitive board said on Monday it had launched an investigation into WhatsApp and its owner, Facebook Inc., after which the messaging app agreed to collect user data from users, including phone numbers and locations. Asked to be ۔


In a written statement, the competition board said the need to collect data should be suspended’ until the audit is completed.


"The competition board has launched an investigation into Facebook and WhatsApp and suspended the need to share WhatsApp data," it said.


WhatsApp last Wednesday updated its terms of service, allowing Facebook and its affiliates to collect user data. The deadline to agree to the new terms is February 8.


Competitive messaging apps Signal and Telegram have seen a sharp increase in demand since then.


Since a law was passed’ in July, the Turkish government has imposed new restrictions and fines on social media companies, saying it has strengthened local oversight of foreign companies. Critics say the government has tightened its grip on the mainstream media and ended differences with Turks who rely on online platforms.

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