The Facebook-owned company’s initial plan was to roll out this policy by February 8. However, because of the backlash, it had to postpone this update to May 15.
You can just choose to read at the moment, but you’ll eventually have to accept it by May 15 to keep using the service. If you don’t want to accept these changes, your account will be disabled.p
Here’s what WhatsApp wants you to know: your chats are encrypted and the company can’t see them and it won’t share all of your contact and data to Facebook. Well, ideally I want the app to tell me what it IS sharing with Facebook. You can read what WhatsApp is changing in our explainer we published last month.
Mark Zuckerberg has already kicked off his vision of integrating all messaging apps by linking Messenger and Instagram Direct. However, if and when the company begins integrating WhatsApp, we would need to know what we’re giving up for that feature.
We also think it’s important people know how we can provide WhatsApp for free. Every day millions of people start a WhatsApp chat with a business because it’s easier to do so than placing a phone call or exchanging emails.
We charge businesses to provide customer service on WhatsApp – not people. Some shopping features involve Facebook so that businesses can manage their inventory across apps. We display more information [note: this will link to what you have in the attached] directly in WhatsApp so people can choose if they want to engage with businesses, or not.
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Published February 18, 2021 — 21:00 UTC