WhatsApp Service Extends Terms of User Agreement Acceptance Until May

The decision was made in connection with numerous complaints and criticism from users and competitors.


The administration of the instant messaging service WhatsApp has postponed the introduction of its new policy, according to which users must share data with the social network Facebook. This decision was made in connection with numerous complaints and criticism from users and competitors.


“We've received a ton of feedback from users who were unhappy with our recent update. Many are concerned about the rumors and misinformation that has spread because of this update [...] This update is not in any way expands our competence in respect of Facebook user data ", - stated in a statement on its website.


In this regard, WhatsApp intends to extend the period for consideration and acceptance of the user agreement until May 15.


“We do not intend to block or delete anyone's accounts on February 8th. In addition, we plan to actively work to dispel false rumors about the principles of privacy and security of communication on WhatsApp. Then we will gradually start offering our users to familiarize themselves with the new policy until May 15, when new opportunities for companies will take effect, ”the company said.


As the representatives of the messenger noted, the content sent by users to each other remains only between them, which means that the company intends to "always ensure the safety of your communication through end-to-end encryption, thanks to which neither WhatsApp nor Facebook will have access to your personal correspondence." The new rules will not affect these principles in any way, the company assured.


Earlier, WhatsApp updated the user agreement, obliging everyone who uses it to share data with Facebook. This includes phone numbers, transactions, and IP addresses of users. This innovation drew sharp criticism, moreover, the company faced a court petition in India, in which the service has more than 400 million users. According to the petition, WhatsApp ridiculed the fundamental right to privacy, and such "arbitrary behavior" is contrary to the basic principles of democracy enshrined in the Indian constitution.


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