This update faced a lot of backlash due to which, the company had to postpone the date of launch for the updated policy from January 8 to May 15.
After a period of four months, in May, WhatsApp said that it plans to delete the accounts of peple who refuse to accept the new policy and terms. But it revised its plan again and said that starting from May 15, the people who disagree to the policy will start to experience limited features on the app.
In a recent statement, WhatsApp said-“Given recent discussions with various authorities and privacy experts, we want to make clear that we will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works for those who have not yet accepted the update.”
“We will continue to remind users from time to time and let them accept the update, including when they choose to use relevant optional features like communicating with a business that is receiving support from Facebook,” it said further in its statement.
“We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services and their offerings, including the Facebook Company Products,” WhatsApp said while explaining its decision.