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Is it just us or are you getting sick of all the link ups and sneaky changes in policy when it comes to our social media platforms?!

In news announced today, Whatsapp has revealed it will now share your phone number with Facebook, in order for you to 'make better connections'. 

Whatsapp updated its privacy policy – without giving us much notice – and for the first time, it will give Facebook permission to connect the two accounts together.

The new Whatsapp policy is FOUR years in the making, and it claims that the move means Facebook will have more data on its users, and will be better able to match friends.

In a statement, the messaging app said: "By coordinating more with Facebook, we'll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on Whatsapp.

"By connecting your phone number with Facebook's systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them.

"For example, you might see an ad from a company you already work with, rather than one from someone you've never heard of."

The new policy has sparked concern from users of both sites, with the fear that their number will be leaked online, however, both platforms promise that's not the case.

"We won't post or share your Whatsapp number with others, including on Facebook, and we still won't sell, share, or give your phone number to advertisers."

But most worrying of all, this is NOT an option. You can't decide whether you want your number shared or not, as Whatsapp will just automatically do it.

"This allows us to do things like improve our app's performance and better coordinate," the statement said.

If you do not agree with the new policy, you cannot use the app.



Niall Horan seems to be having a lot of problems lately.

Not only are his new LA neighbours not happy with him, now he and fellow 1D member Louis Tomlinson, have come under fire on Whatsapp.

The pair revealed that they have been receiving "disgusting" messages on the messaging app, and frankly, they're pretty fed up with it.

Taking to Twitter last night, Louis wrote: "Time to change my number.. Getting some disgusting stuff on Whatsapp (sic)… Losers!"

Shortly after, Niall jumped to his BFF's side, saying: "Me too mate. Horrific. Some of the things people are saying (sic)."

Trying to make the ordeal a little light-hearted, Louis then suggests they have a rap battle with the haters.

However, it looks like Niall has totally had enough as he later tweeted: "I wonder when they'll stop annoying us!"

Hopefully one day, Niall!



If you work in an office, you probably send a lot of GIFS to your co-workers throughout the day.

If you have a big group of friends, you probably send a lot of GIFS to each other about your daily ramblings.

If you're still in school, there is no doubt GIFS flying across the air as the teacher tries to tell you something about long division.

We are now living in a world of GIFS – and it's totally our guilty pleasure. We love them.

And now, Whatsapp are finally catching on to our love for moving images as it has just announced that GIFS are coming to the messaging service. Hurrah!

WABetaInfo reports that it'll be really easy to use as well since Whatsapp are just going to auto-play the images and not save them as a video.

GIFS, galore!




If you're a sarcastic person then you know the struggle is real when trying to take the mick via text.

Many of your jokes are misinterpreted and if you're angry at someone, texting them can be mega confusing.

But, the app has now made a few changes that will help you along the way to being the sarcastic queen you really are.

Instead of writing (jeez, I'm being sarcastic) after every single joke, you'll be able to italicise, bold and strikethrough your words. Yay!

All you need to do is update the app and then add the new formatting to your messages.

For example, if you want to bold, put an asterisks on either side of the word (*slay* = slay). For italics, you will need to put an underscore on either side (_lovely_ = lovely) and if you want to strikethrough, just put an ~ on both sides (~basic~ = basic).

So there you go, you can be the lovely sarcastic person you really are now. 



This family had a great idea of setting up a group chat on Whatsapp so new mother, Teresa could keep her loved ones informed of the birth of her child… Except it didn't exactly go to plan.

Various numbers were added into the group text and when her baby was born, she shared a photo with everyone.

But before she could go any further, a stranger wrote back to the message: "Congrats lol but I think someone got the wrong number."

Busy with the joy of being a new mum, Teresa didn't exactly notice the text at first and continued to text the weight of her newborn.

Before anyone could answer, the random texter said that he and "the boys" want to come and take a picture with the baby.

Other members of the group then copped on to what went wrong, but the stranger had the best response.

They asked for the room number of the hospital and actually turned up with presents for Teresa and her baby.

The story is going viral on Reddit and we can see why. This totally made our Monday a lot better. 



Planning on sending out a few 'Happy New Year' messages this evening? Well, you might want to consider email or even – gasp – TEXTING, because the oh-so reliable WhatsApp is experiencing some issues today.

Users across Ireland, the UK and most of Europe experienced a total outage of the app around 4.30pm today, which lasted for around 30 minutes.

Unsurprisingly, people took to Twitter in their droves to complain/try to remember how normal texting works:

It's thought that the outage had to do with the high number of people across the world celebrating New Year's Eve in different timezones – New Zealand was the first to ring in 2016 at 11am Irish time, with Australia following soon after.

With around 900m users around the globe, we'll allow WhatsApp the odd hiccup, but here's hoping it doesn't happen again. 

The messaging service isn't the only company to have server issues today – this morning all of the BBC's websites were down, including news sites and the iPlayer. Disaster.


The cardinal rule in any healthy relationship is to ensure the past stays in the past.

That means no Facebook-stalking of his exes (okay, just that one time), no comparing yourself to previous girlfriends and most definitely NO contact with any of your other half's old flames.

But last week one lad took matters into his own hands and decided to introduce ALL of his exes to one another… via WhatsApp.

Yup, all of Tom's ex-girlfriends were brought together via the joys of smartphone technology so he could wish them a Merry Christmas, or, in this case, a Merry Ex-Mas.

Here are the results, as shared by Lad Bible…

"I just thought you might want to share some memories of me with each other," wrote Tom, in what has to be the most reckless relationship move we've seen in a while.

Unsurprisingly, it didn't go too well.

And a few catfights broke out…

But in the end, it seems Tom's stupidity paid off, as he might have managed to score a reunion drink with one of the ladies:

A job well done, in fairness.


We all love our girly group chats. They mean we have advice on speed-dial and a guaranteed laugh whenever we need some distracting from our working day. It's almost impossible to remember life before them.

From the cheerleader, to the ghost and the meme-happy – we bet there's one of all of these girls in your group chat:

The Spammer

This girl is a multi-tasker. She somehow has time to keep the conversation going ALL day long, with snapshots of her day and screenshots of her boyf's convos. She drives you nuts at the wrong time, but when you're bored she's your saviour.


The Meme Hoarder

This woman doesn't speak in words, but rather sends perfectly placed meme's into all of your group chats. She literally has a meme or gif for EVERY occasion.


The Planner

If you even hint of a night out, this girl will have it all planned by lunchtime. Venue checked. Taxi booked. She has even organised the dress code.


The Gossip

She will have every single detail from a night out or weekend away – nothing goes past this one. Perfect if you couldn't go out on Saturday night. Not so perfect if you got absolutely legless on Saturday night.


The Ghost

This girl rarely replies to group conversations, so much so you sometimes forget she's even there. But she is. And she will pop up every now and then with a perfectly placed single-liner.


The Venter

She will always have some sort of problem going on with her boyfriend/sister/dog and thinks the group chat is her own personal agony aunt station.


The Cheerleader

This one is great for getting your whole group up and out. Her supportive shout-outs and clapping emojis are always there when you need a little pick-me-up too. 



If you are the owner of a smartphone then you more than likely use, or have been told to use Whatsapp.

The message app was bought by Facebook last year for almost €20 billion according to Bloomberg. Since then the app which allows you to share photos, videos and voice recordings with contacts easily, has been going from strength to strength.

One of the features of the service is a small detail that can mean an awful lot to some people. The ‘blue tick’ icon seen at the bottom of your message will allow you to know if the person you sent your message to has seen it.

Now though, there has been another interesting feature unearthed: Whatsapp will allow you to see who your closest friends are on the app. You just need to follow a few simple steps:

Next time you open the app, go to the settings section, then select 'account settings':

After that, you just need to go to 'storage usage' and all will be revealed:




It looks like all of our favourite apps are staring in the dark face of banishment over in the UK.

New laws are set to pass that will see the banishment of WhatsApp, Snapchat and iMessage because they use encrypted messages.

The government views the use of encryption as a potential security threat and they hope to ban the use of those types of messages with the Draft Communications Data Bill, or as it’s more commonly known, the “snooper’s charter.”

The bill stipulates that internet service providers and mobile phone companies are to retain records of each user’s internet browsing activity.  

There does seem to be some light at the end of the tunnel though. If the companies restructure their apps to meet the proposed requirements, they will be allowed to stay up and running.

So while the Brits may get to continue using the apps in the future, they may want to think twice before sending any sexy snapchats… you never know just who might be having a snoop. 



It is hard to admit, but a lot of us cannot bear to be without our phones. Some might say your phone is a replacement for that best friend, boyfriend or girlfriend. Whatever it may be there is no denying that you get anxious and angry without it. Here are 13 signs your phone is the best friend you’ll ever have.

1. It is the first thing you check in the morning
From the second you wake up, five apps will be on repeat in your head: ‘Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat.” You will amuse yourself for the next hour or so catching up with all you missed the 8 hours you were sleeping.


2. You freak out daily when you can’t find it
If there is ever a moment you can’t find your phone, you freak out. “Whereeee is itt???.” “Mum ring my phone PLEASE.” Even though you know it’s somewhere in the house,and you are most likely sitting on it, you are terrified for those few minutes.

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3. It surprises you more and more each day
When you find a new app or a new function for your phone your face lights up. You find yourself staring at it saying: “What would I do without you? You are perfect.”


4. It knows all your plans
You have all your plans and appointments saved on your phone. Getting those gentle reminders lets you know where you need to be. What more could you want from a friend and a phone.


5. It can cheer you up
Feeling down? Not in the best form? Not to worry, a quick game of Candy Crush and Angry Birds will solve all your problems.


6. The notification sound makes you smile
That beep that chimes as you get a notification for a Facebook ‘like’ makes you beam. Oh what’s that? An Instagram ‘like’! Ah yes this is it. This is what dreams are made of.


7. You panic when it is low on battery
You will go to the ends of the earth to find a charger. You will even go buy one if you are too far from your house to retrieve it. You simply cannot live without it and you will never have to.


8. You cry more when you lose your phone than when you fail an exam
Losing your phone is the worst possible thing that could happen to you. It makes you anxious, sad and numb to just think about it. Yes, it is dramatic but this is how we feel. Not to worry as it is insured but the week of waiting could kill you.


9. You can take selfies
You love a good selfie and your phone’s front camera helps you do that. You can take 1,000 photos and it won’t say a word. In fact, it enjoys you taking them and even lets you edit them.


10. It doesn’t judge you
You can do whatever you want and it will never judge you. It will always be there for you through thick and thin. It never lets you down and it never tells you what to do.


11. It talks to you but only when you want it to
If you’re ever in doubt, no worries because Siri is there. Siri will tell you what the weather will be like, where the nearest McDonalds is and when you have your doctors appointment. And when you don’t want to speak anymore, you simply say goodbye and no feelings are hurt.


12. It let’s you text whoever you want
There is no jealousy here. You can text 100 people at once and no judgement or arguments. They want you to explore life. That’s why you have Tinder.


13. You can erase memories
If you drunk-text that guy for the 15th time or need to erase an ex’s photos, you can. Once the message is deleted no one will see it. It is free therapy and “if it’s not there no one has seen it.”



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