WhatsApp to move forward with the privacy update despite the backlash

Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp said Thursday that it will go ahead with its controversial privacy policy update, but will allow users to read it at “their own pace” and will also display a banner providing more information. The messaging platform set new terms in January aimed at increasing business transactions on the platform.

Updating the policy would allow the owner Facebook and its subsidiaries collect user data, including phone number and location, which has sparked a global outcry and a rush of new users to competitors Telegram and Signal, among others. WhatsApp then moved to delay the launch of the new policy in May from February and tried to clarify that the update was focused on allowing users to message companies and would not affect personal conversations, which will continue to have end-to-end encryption.

In its latest blog post, WhatsApp said it will begin reminding users to review and accept updates in order to continue using the messaging platform. “We have also included additional information to try to address the concerns we are hearing,” he added.

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News Highlights:

  • WhatsApp then moved to delay the launch of the new policy in May from February and tried to clarify that the update was focused on allowing users to message companies and would not affect personal conversations, which will continue to have end-to-end encryption. In its latest blog post, WhatsApp said it will begin reminding users to review and accept updates in order to continue using the messaging platform.
  • WhatsApp to move forward with the privacy update despite the backlash