Tech Crunch reported that WhatsApp may even give ‘ultimatum’ up until few weeks to all users that refuse to accept the new rules.
WhatsApp to ‘slowly ask’ users to accept new guidelines
Now, the messaging app will reportedly review its planned privacy update, in order to give time or allow users to accept the new rules, ‘at their own pace.’
In an email to one of its merchant partners, reviewed by TechCrunch, WhatsApp said it will ‘slowly ask’ their users to accept the new guidelines, until the May 15 deadline.
Once users still refuse to accept the guidelines, even after the deadline, WhatsApp will still not delete the accounts.
Instead, the app will remind the users about facts on the said update. And even explain the benefits of accepting it.
“We’ve heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update. There’s been a lot of misinformation causing concern and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts,” it wrote in a blog post last month.
What happens if you don’t accept the WhatsApp new policy?
As said, WhatsApp will not delete the accounts of users who will decline the new policy. However, messaging app also clarified that refusal to accept it, could also result to limited features available from the app.
“For a short time, these users will be able to receive calls and notifications, but will not be able to read or send messages from the app,” WhatsApp noted.
WhatsApp users who will not accept the policy will also be treated with the same app’s rules on inactive users.
After May 15, the WhatsApp account will be “generally deleted after 120 days of inactivity.”
However, this rule is still not confirmed by the app.
The WhatsApp controversy
The new rule forces all of the app users to allow Facebook into collecting information they use on the platform.
This means, entirely personal data read by WhatsApp.
“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,” says WhatsApp.
Obviously, most WhatsApp users were against the update. A lot of them say that the update could result to Facebook’s abuse on gathering more of their data.
This resulted to a massive WhatsApp backlash, making most of their users to transfer on other messaging apps like Signal or Telegram.
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.