WhatsApp postpones privacy policy updates until May 15

Friday, 15. January 2021 21:23

WhatsApp, the popular messenger with over two billion users, decided on Friday to delay the implementation of new privacy tools by three months. New users would have until May 15 to agree to the new terms, or else the app will stop working for them.

Previously, the Facebook-owned messenger had planned on rolling out the new rules as soon as February 8, but was forced to postpone them due to uproar from current users. WhatsApp explained a common misunderstanding of the agreement modification. Unlike popular opinion, the messenger wasn't planned to share private conversations with Facebook, but was intending to store business data on Facebook's servers.

Since the first announcement on January 6, WhatsApp has suffered a 17% decrease in app downloads on IOS and Apple Store over the past seven days, while its closest rivals Signal and Telegram have been experiencing skyrocketing downloads.

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