WhatsApp recently announced a very controversial policy that would allow WhatsApp to share data with the Facebook platform. the policy will take full effect on February 8th.
WhatsApp has clarified some worries pertaining to this policy. The update does not in fact affect data sharing with Facebook with regard to user chats or other profile information; WhatsApp has been at pains to clarify that its update addresses business chats in the event a user converses with a company’s customer service platform through WhatsApp.
In a statement, WhatsApp said, “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 is one of Facebook’s group-owned companies, and it appears that they will back to the drawing board to figure out a way to communicate their plans in a way that will hopefully make sense to users.
“We’re 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’re also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security work on WhatsApp. We’ll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15.”
This comes after a huge number of users have migrated to more privacy-conscious messaging platforms such as Telegram and Signal.
Users now have an opportunity to better understand the update and make up their minds about continuing to use the platform or to leave. WhatsApp still intends to release the update on May 15th to coincide with new business chat features.