WhatsApp postpones new privacy policy till may 15, Account Will not be Deleted on Feb 8

“We’ve heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update. There”s been a lot of misinformation causing concern and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts,”  WhatsApp said in a company blog.

WhatsApp announced postponing by three months the implementation of a new privacy policy that has created massive backlash with millions of its users moving from the platform to Signal and Telegram. The policy change was originally scheduled to come into effect on February 8, WhatsApp said. It has clarified that the update does not affect data sharing with Facebook with regard to personal conversations or other profile information and only addresses business chats in the event a user converses with a company”s customer service platform through WhatsApp.

“We are now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8. We are also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp. We will then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15,” the blog post said.

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