WhatsApp delays privacy changes by three months
With growing backlash over its new coverage replace and the corporate dropping customers to rival messaging apps, WhatsApp on Saturday mentioned it’s going to not require customers to simply accept up to date phrases of service by February 8, and is delaying the privateness modifications by three months.
“We’ve heard from so many individuals how a lot confusion there may be round our latest replace. There’s been plenty of misinformation inflicting concern and we wish to assist everybody perceive our ideas and the details,” the corporate mentioned in an announcement.
“We’re now shifting again the date on which individuals might be requested to overview and settle for the phrases. Nobody may have their account suspended or deleted on February 8. We’re additionally going to do much more to clear up the misinformation round how privateness and safety works on WhatsApp. We’ll then go to folks steadily to overview the coverage at their very own tempo earlier than new enterprise choices can be found on Might 15,” WhatsApp mentioned.
The corporate confused once more that no matter customers share with family and friends stays between them, and was protected by end-to-end encryption and the privateness replace doesn’t change that.
“Neither WhatsApp nor Fb can see these non-public messages. It’s why we don’t hold logs of who everybody’s messaging or calling. We can also’t see your shared location and we don’t share your contacts with Fb,” it added.
The replace doesn’t develop our potential to share knowledge with Fb and is barely meant for enterprise messaging, the corporate acknowledged once more, in its third clarification.
Rival messaging apps Sign and Telegram have seen meteoric rises since WhatsApp introduced its new privateness coverage, as per Sensor Tower.
Sign noticed over 9000% enhance in downloads from the interval Jan 1 to 10. Installs of Telegram, which already has a considerable base in India, grew by 15% and WhatsApp’s downloads fell by 35%.