The messaging app had faced severe backlash over user concerns that data was being shared with its parent company, Facebook. A WhatsApp spokesperson stated in an emailed, "No accounts will be deleted on May 15 because of this update and no one in India will lose functionality of WhatsApp either. We will follow up with reminders to people over the next several weeks."
While a "majority of users who have received the new terms of service have accepted them," some people have not had the chance to do so yet, the spokesperson added. Read more
The company did not clarify the reason behind the decision and did not divulge the number of users who have accepted the terms so far.
A lot of misinformation was also spread about WhatsApp, as a lot of this was shared on the platform itself.
WhatsApp was forced to issue a detailed FAQ clarifying that user privacy was not impacted in anyway. It had explained that when users interact with business on the platform, that information could be used for marketing purposes, including possible "advertising on Facebook."
The policy read as, "Businesses you interact with using our Services may provide us with information about their interactions with you. We require each of these businesses to act in accordance with applicable law when providing any information to us. In addition, some businesses might be working with third-party service providers (which may include Facebook) to help manage their communications with their customers."
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