WhatsApp Bows To Pressure, Backtrack on It’s Proposed Updated Term of Service
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has backtracked on its proposed updated term of service which requires users to accept that WhatsApp has the privilege to access the Data of its users.
WhatsApp had mandated that users of the chat app should accept the updated terms of service on or before the 8th of February 2021or lose access to the platform.
Earlier this month, users of the encrypted messaging app started receiving pop-up notifications asking them to agree to changes covering what data can be shared between the app and the rest of Facebook, and telling them they would need to agree by early February to continue using the app.
However, today WhatsApp has announced that it will no longer require users to accept updated terms of service by the 8th of February. On it’s the Facebook page it’s wrote
“Thank you to everyone who’s reached out. We’re still working to counter any confusion by communicating directly with @WhatsApp users. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on Feb 8 and we’ll be moving back our business plans until after May – https://blog.whatsapp.com/giving-more-time-for-our-recent-update
We will make sure users have plenty of time to review and understand the terms. Rest assured we never planned to delete any accounts based on this and will not do so in the future.”
WhatsApp has said the changes, which were being made to reflect its recent push into eCommerce, would be pushed back to mid-May because of “confusion” surrounding the overhaul.
“We’re now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms,” it said, adding: “We’re also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security work on WhatsApp.”
The encrypted messaging app saw a massive exodus of users who either moved to Telegram or signal. According to data from Sensor Tower, the number of WhatsApp downloads dropped by 14 percent in the week after the January 4 announcement to 9.7m, compared with 11.3m the week before.
On the other hand, Telegram recorded 11.9m downloads in the week, up from 6.5m the week before, and Signal was downloaded 8.8m times worldwide, up from just 246,000 the week before.