WhatsApp

WhatsApp faced a backlash and lots of criticism over its new privacy policy earlier this year. The criticism became so severe that many users migrated to other apps like Telegram and Signal.

The Facebook-owned messaging app then extended the deadline of accepting its new privacy policy to May 15th, 2021 after serious criticism.

As the deadline comes closer, WhatsApp starts pushing users to accept the new privacy policy by sending a pop-up message each time the app is open. 

At the start of May, the Instant messaging app starts warning users that they lose app functionality if they don’t accept the new policy. It means WhatsApp will restrict some of the features if the users don’t accept the policy.

Now, the Instant messaging app has changed its plan and users will not lose any features even if they don’t accept the new policy.

According to WhatsApp:

“Given recent discussions with various authorities and privacy experts, we want to make clear that we currently have no plans to limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works for those who have not yet accepted the update. Instead, we will continue to remind users from time to time about the update as well as when people choose to use relevant optional features, like communicating with a business that is receiving support from Facebook”.

The WhatsApp new privacy policy was very confusing as it shares users’ data with the parent company for better advertising. In response, the Social media app claimed that they are not sharing user’s data with Facebook. User’s chat messaging will be sent to companies and businesses through WhatsApp. The data may be stored on Facebook servers.

WhatsApp also claims that the majority of the users have accepted this new privacy policy in a support document. They also said that the company will keep reminding users about the new policy unless they accept it. It is still the case as those who haven’t accept it already still see the pop-up reminding them to accept it.

According to the WhatsApp:

“We will continue to remind users from time to time and let them accept the update, including when they choose to use relevant optional features like communicating with a business that is receiving support from Facebook. We hope this approach reinforces the choice that all users have whether or not they want to interact with a business.”

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