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WhatsApp Privacy Policy Update Delayed by three months after receiving backlash

WhatsApp Privacy Policy Update Delayed by three months after receiving backlash

Key Points :

  • WhatsApp said that the privacy policy will come into effect on May 15
  • WhatsApp has also promised that it will not delete anyone’s account on February 8.
  • The company is giving users three months time to properly have a review and accept the policy.

Now after receiving huge backlash from the users on global scale, the popular instant messaging app has taken back its decision and delayed the latest amendments in its terms and conditions. Now the implementation has been delayed till May 2021. The developers want to give time to its users to see and understand new policies and then agree to it. Since new policies have raised a lot of confusions among its users and urged people to uninstall the app. To this the makers come frontline, and said the company works on ethics, so users don’t have to worry about their privacy, we won’t breech any security protocol at all.

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Do You Know What happened Last Month ?

Last month, WhatsApp notified its users that it would give them new options to message businesses using the service and was updating its privacy terms. WhatsApp’s notification said users would have to accept the new terms by February or no longer have access to their accounts. This has raised a lot of backlash among users for WhatsApp. People has started moving towards the most eligible alternatives of WhatsApp like Telegram and Signal. Though little was actually changing, the company still needed user approval.

Moreover World’s richest man Elon Musk ‘s Tweet has fueled the situation. He said –  “Use Signal”.

He is most influential person in the world right now who is inspiring youth a lot these days. He just introduced Tesla Cars in India as well. if he says something, everybody listens to him and follow. So users instantly start switching towards Signal, which is great non-profit alternative to WhatsApp. Its security features are attracting people a lot these days. Its End to End Encryption feature is gaining immense popularity among masses globally.

What is WhatsApp Take on It?

WhatsApp executives are assuring users that its changes are minor, that it cannot read users’ messages and that its services are more secure than those of some competitors.

WhatsApp helped bring end-to-end encryption to people across the world, and we are committed to defending this security technology now and in the future,” WhatsApp said in a company blog post. “With these updates, none of that is changing.”

But even after this, people are turning towards Signal and Telegram. This definitely has surged the businesses of Signal and Telegram.

Following the backlash, tens of millions of confused and angered users have flocked to Signal and Telegram. As of earlier this week, Signal was the top app on the App Store in 40 nations and Google Play Store in 18.

The Company has posted a blog stating  –

We’re also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works 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,” 

it added- 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.

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