WhatsApp delays privacy update over user ‘confusion’ and backlash about Facebook data sharing
January 18, 2021 @ 13:05 +03:00
As part of this, a business can see the contents of the message between it and a user and may use that information for its own marketing purposes, which could include advertising on Facebook. WhatsApp was set to start prompting users on Feb. 8 to accept updated terms in order to continue using the app. But Facebook said that it is now pushing the date back for people to review and accept the terms. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on Feb. 8, Facebook added. People will “gradually” have the chance to review the policy “at their own pace” before the new business options are available on May 15.
But the contents of messages cannot be viewed by WhatsApp or Facebook. That’s because they are encrypted. That is not changing.
However, users concerned about their privacy looked to rival messaging apps Signal and Telegram. These two apps market themselves as privacy-focused and both reported surging downloads.
WhatsApp delays privacy update over user ‘confusion’ and backlash about Facebook data sharing, CNBC, Jan 18