WhatsApp will go ahead with its privacy changes that were previously halted last month. The Facebook-owned platform said that it will allow its users to review the planned privacy update at “their own pace.”
According to TechCrunch, WhatsApp will display a banner on the platform to better explain its terms and will “slowly ask” users to comply with the new terms “in order to have full functionality of WhatsApp.”
Users have until May 15, 2021, to accept WhatsApp’s new terms. Those who do not accept the new terms will face a progressive shadow ban. “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,” the company said. This “short time” will span a few weeks and inactive accounts may be deleted after 120 days. A newly created FAQ page confirms this policy for non-compliant users.
To give you enough time to review changes at your own pace and convenience, we’ve extended the effective date to May 15th. If you haven’t accepted by then, WhatsApp will not delete your account. However, you won’t have full functionality of WhatsApp until you accept.”
Last month WhatsApp faced backlash after an in-app alert said users had until February 8 to agree to new privacy terms if they wished to continue using the service. The new changes reflect the company’s recent push into e-commerce.
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WhatsApp delayed it’s planned privacy update last month after millions of users abandoned the platform. The company said the update had created confusion among many of its users, “we’ve heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update,” it wrote in a blog post last month. “There’s been a lot of misinformation causing concern and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts.”
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