WhatsApp responded to the pushback about the new terms of its latest update, postponing the February 8 deadline that users had originally set to review and accept the terms.
Despite attempts earlier this week to clarify details about the new terms and reassure users that neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can see their messages, hear their calls or see their shared locations, and that the update is mainly for messaging companies through the platform Privacy protection advocates – and even longtime Facebook critic Elon Musk – urged WhatsApp users to opt for alternatives like Signal and Telegram.
Earlier this week, Telegram announced that it had exceeded 500 million active users and gained over 25 million new users worldwide in 72 hours.
WhatsApp said in a blog post on Friday, “We are now postponing the date when people will be asked to review and accept the terms. Nobody will have their account blocked or deleted on February 8th. We’ll also be doing a lot more to clear up the misinformation about how privacy and security work on WhatsApp. We will then gradually reach out to staff to review the guidelines at their own pace before new business options become available on May 15th. “
Thanks to everyone who got in touch. We’re still working to avoid confusion by communicating directly with @ WhatsApp users. Nobody will have their account blocked or deleted on February 8th and we will reset our business plans until after May – https://t.co/H3DeSS0QfO
– WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 15, 2021