Users are uneasy because Facebook has a record of data mining for targeted ads and illegally sharing information with third-parties: the Cambridge Analytica data breach is a case in point.Moving on from security, there are also fears that someday ads would be introduced on WhatsApp. These fears are not unfounded because it almost happened in 2019 before the plan was shelved in January 2020. Interestingly, the policy states that ads are not scheduled for the next update.But this does not mean it cannot happen later.As pointed out in this article, tech giants are investing massively in Africa’s nascent market with hopes of profiting through targeted online advertising.What are the possibilities?The calls to switch platforms increase on social media as we get closer to February 8, but most people who joined platforms to engage many people have to answer some questions before deciding.Is connecting with my valuable contacts on a social networking platform more important than my data security? If I choose my data security over my contacts, are they also likely to switch platforms?From undefined data privacy laws to casual reactions to data breaches, and unsecured frameworks handling public data, it appears African nations do not place a high premium on security.Facebook is not new to legal hassles, especially in the US, with the most recent a plan to separate WhatsApp and Instagram from Facebook because the company has allegedly created unfair competition in the social media space.If a ruling fails to arrive before February 8, WhatsApp will deactivate non-compliant accounts and lose some users.Depending on how things play out, WhatsApp might take a hit, affecting Facebook’s high numbers. Our fingers remain crossed until Q1 2021 statistics arrive.One more question: Is it possible for WhatsApp to drop the update due to pressure? What do you think?