Changing WhatsApp’s Terms of Service has created a wave of problems. Users do not agree that their data will be passed on to Facebook and this leads to a migration and mass happening.
Aware of this situation, WhatsApp has taken a position that reveals a potential change. He decided to retreat and postponed the date of entry into force of the new rules. It is not known if anything else will change, but there will certainly be changes.
WhatsApp retreated in the application of measures
The date set for the entry into force of the new rules was next February 8. On that date WhatsApp had programmed to block access to the accounts of all users who did not accept to agree to the changes.
With that date getting closer and with the confusion increasing, WhatsApp has now decided to postpone this moment. According to what was announced, this process will be paused for 3 months and only then will it be revealed what will actually happen.
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://t.co/H3DeSS0QfO
– WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 15, 2021
Has been trying to explain the measures to users
WhatsApp has also been deployed in statements to clearly reveal what these rules will bring. According to what has been revealed, there will be no changes to the data that are already shared with Facebook, namely with regard to users’ information and their conversations.
The information that has been revealed accounts for the changes, which are focused on WhatsApp Business. The company shared that “the update includes new options that people will have when talking to companies on WhatsApp and will increase transparency about data collection and use”.
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 (@WhatsApp) January 15, 2021
Postponing was the simplest solution of all
Even with this information, and some contrary external aids, users have chosen to abandon WhatsApp. They chose Telegram and Signal as their new messaging services, thanks to the security and privacy offered.
It is still too early to know, but everything points out that this change will have a negative impact on WhatsApp. The decision to leave seems to be final and users are unlikely to return. The stigma that Facebook has led mainly to this situation of bad public image, which will be complicated to resolve.
Source: Pplware by pplware.sapo.pt.
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