If you still have not found the ultimate messaging service which is not Whatsapp, well, now is probably time as WhatsApp Vice-president, Chris Daniels, has confirmed that the service will start showing ads.
The company has decided that it is time to flood the only safe space you had left with adverts. The ads will only be displayed in the Status tab but, regardless of placement, it still feels unwelcome and a bit of an 'invadsion of privacy'.
"We are going to be putting ads in ‘Status.’ That is going to be [the] primary monetisation mode for the company as well as an opportunity for businesses to reach people on WhatsApp," said Daniels.
We knew Facebook was planning this, and co-founder Brian Acton has also been very vocal about the incoming monetisation plans.
Although WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app at the moment, with over 1.5 billion users globally, this may drive some users away – especially with online users being more and more conscious of their online privacy.
Daniels didn’t mention when Facebook plans on rolling out ads in WhatsApp. Reports suggest that targeted ads will arrive sometime in 2019.