WhatsApp said earlier this week that it would allow users to review it Planned privacy update “At your own pace” and desire Show them a banner to better explain the changes In its terms. But what happens to its users who do not accept the terms by the May 15 deadline?
In an email to one of its merchant partners reviewed by TechCrunch, Facebook-owned WhatsApp said it would “gradually” allow users to comply with the new terms “to keep WhatsApp’s full functionality” starting May 15 .
If they still don’t accept the terms, “for a short time, these users will be able to receive calls and notifications, but won’t be able to read or send messages from the app,” the company added in the note. The company confirmed to TechCrunch that the note correctly characterized its plan.
WhatsApp has not defined this “short time” period in the note, but is associated with a new FAQ page created It is said that its policy regarding inactive users will apply to such users after the May 15 deadline.
Whatsapp Policy for inactive users States that accounts are “generally deleted after 120 days of inactivity.”
Instant messaging Received feedback from some of its users – Including its biggest market in India, last month – after an in-app alert last month, they said they had agreed to the planned privacy terms until February 8 to reflect its recent push into e-commerce. If they wish, continue to use the service.
After the backlash, WhatsApp said that its planned privacy update caused confusion among some of its users. “We have heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent updates. A lot of mistakes have been made to create anxiety and we want to help everyone understand our principles and facts, ”it wrote in a blog post last month.
Since 2016, WhatsApp’s privacy policies have allowed the service to share certain metadata such as user phone numbers and device information with Facebook. The new terms will allow Facebook and WhatsApp to pay and share transaction data to help them better advertise ads as a social target Broadens its e-commerce offerings And looks Merge its messaging platform.
WhatsApp, Used by over 2 billion users, Last month Three months delay in implementing the new policy And has since been explaining its terms to users – although its the explanation Clearly did not Know what it plans to do with users who did not accept the terms.