Can WhatsApp or Facebook Read Your Chat Messages?
Under no circumstances, WhatsApp or Facebook cannot read your chat messages sent to your friends or family.
We can’t see your private messages or hear your calls, and neither can Facebook: Neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can read your messages or hear your calls with your friends, family, and co-workers on WhatsApp. Whatever you share, it stays between you. That’s because your personal messages are protected by end-to-end encryption.
Businesses can use this chat data for their own marketing purposes including advertising on Facebook. This only happens when one chats with a business account using Facebook’s hosting service. As a transparency measure, WhatsApp will be informing users whenever they initiate a chat using Facebook’s hosting services.
The second major change is that WhatsApp is paving the way for Facebook Shops integration. With this integration, WhatsApp wants to offer a better shopping experience to customers as they will be able to display product listings right within WhatsApp. The issue here is that if you interact with Shops, WhatsApp will share your shopping activity with Facebook so that the latter can display personalized ads on Facebook and Instagram.
Similarly, when one clicks on the WhatsApp button on the profile page of a business on Facebook, the collected data will be used by Facebook to show personalized ads.
Will WhatsApp Share Your Data With Facebook?
WhatsApp is already sharing the data of its users with Facebook. This includes the account name, phone number, phone book, and how you use WhatsApp. Your chats and other media data are not shared by WhatsApp with Facebook or other third-parties. It cannot even see your chats since they are end-to-end encrypted.