The warning is very discreet, but WhatsApp has made it clear on one of its screens that it is owned by Facebook. The information, which appears in the settings area, follows the change made in early August on Google Play and the App Store.
On that occasion, WhatsApp and Instagram started to have the “Facebook” add-on in app stores. The objective seems to be to demonstrate that the two services are not independent amid initiatives that defend the division of the company.
Instagram has since shown the “Instagram do Facebook” tag at the bottom of the login and settings screens. In a statement, Facebook said the idea is to make it clearer what its products and services are.
The change in applications comes after the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) opened an investigation that looks at whether Facebook violated antitrust laws by purchasing Instagram and WhatsApp.
By including the warning in both applications, Facebook would be trying to argue that the separation would be harmful to users. The division’s defenders, however, believe the company has become overly powerful with the acquisitions.
This is the case of co-founder Chris Hughes, who defended the division of the company in an editorial published in May in New York Times. For him, Facebook’s growth has limited competition and innovation in the sector, as well as having detrimental effects on democracies and users’ privacy.
The answer came from Facebook’s vice president of international relations, Nick Clegg: “Facebook recognizes that with responsibility comes responsibility, but that you cannot impose that responsibility by calling for the dissolution of a successful American company.”
With information: WABetaInfo.