BrandArena: WhatsApp extends date to accept its new terms to May 15

Friday 19 February 2021

WhatsApp extends date to accept its new terms to May 15

WhatsApp has announced that it is extending the date to accept its new terms and conditions to May 15 - three months from its initial cut-off date (February 8).

According to the company, the extension was due to all the confusion and misinformation around their latest update and that they are going to use the time to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp. They will then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before May 15.

In a blogpost, WhatsApp said personal messages had always been encrypted and would remain private. It added that its practice of sharing some user data with Facebook was not new, and was not going to be expanded.

"The update includes new options people will have to message a business on WhatsApp, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data," it said.

Earlier this month, WhatsApp started popping up its new terms and privacy policy screen when you launched the app. The screen asked users to click Agree and accept the new terms, which will take effect on February 8. You could dismiss the popup but you would need to agree to them if you wanted to continue using the service after February 8.

As a result of the panic generated by the announcement, many of its users are switching over to Telegram and Signal. 

More than 2 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp. Apart from sending text messages, WhatsApp allows you to also share various files, such as images, sound files, video files as well as your location. Sharing multimedia messages can also be done at no extra cost and therefore photos and any kind of files can be sent for free.

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