On February 19th Facebook announce that they will acquire WhatsApp for $19 billion, making the deal the largest acquisition ever for venture-backed company, the deal sure raised some eyebrows.
Given that Facebook's business is mainly selling ads towards its users, there was an initial worry that user data from WhatsApp would be offered to Facebook partners, but the messaging from the WhatsApp team has been clear; that it would not happen (for the time being at least).
Given the strong position the WhatsApp founder has taken against having ads and collecting user data for monetization, some early tries of other interesting means of monetization has been tested by WhatsApp and their partners.
Three Recommended Links #3RL
WhatsApp’s anti-ad philosophy is really a broad new vision for mobile – Quartz - A look at the apparent contradiction between the business models of WhatsApp and Facebook, and perhaps a new way to fund basic services on mobile going forward, by Zach Seward.
WhatsApp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Even though the founder story of WhatsApp focus on privacy and security, this Wikipedia article gives an pretty detailed account about the companies spotty track record.
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