A week before that, the Facebook-owned platform said: It will not delete any user account if it does not accept the new policy, but it constantly reminds them to accept it.
The company also said at the time that after several weeks, if it did not accept the policy, it would restrict some of the platform’s core functions.
Reversing course, Facebook has now said the plan has changed, and no jobs will be restricted, even if it does not accept the policy for now.
The change came after Facebook’s recent discussions with various authorities and privacy experts.
A WhatsApp spokesperson said: “We want to make it clear that we will not limit WhatsApp functionality to those who have not yet accepted the update.”
This plan is moving forward indefinitely.
The introduction of the new policy caused chaos. The new policy has raised concerns that WhatsApp will start sharing more personal user data with Facebook.
WhatsApp stressed that this will not happen. She explained that the policy update relates to messages sent to companies and businesses through its platform, which may be stored through Facebook’s servers.
The company said in a support article: The majority of users who viewed the new policy agreed with it.
This article also notes that you will be reminded of the new policy if you do not accept it, and this is still the case now.
“We continue to remind users from time to time and allow them to accept the update, including when they choose to use relevant optional features such as communicating with a company that receives support from Facebook,” WhatsApp said.
“We hope that this approach will enhance the choice that all users have, whether or not they want to interact with a business.”
This may change in the future, but WhatsApp is trying to maintain its user base.
A large number of users began migrating to other platforms, such as Signal and Telegram, after the policy was first introduced in January.
WhatsApp shares some of its users’ data, such as users’ phone numbers, with Facebook, a policy that went into effect in 2016.