WhatsApp notified people about the policy changes in January. It looked like WhatsApp was making a huge deal of it, because it was going to outsource user data. This led to digital revolt from people’s end. Obviously, nobody would like to compromise with their privacy. People started to view WhatsApp and it’s new policy with suspicion.
Anxiety around the new policy and switching to telegram
Nobody liked it, when their personal messaging app was under radar. There were SNS trolls and meme fests around the topic. People were nervous that they would have to give up on WhatsApp because WhatsApp might want to share user data with parent company Facebook. There’s already a policy in practice where WhatsApp can share user’s IP address (Internet Protocol) with Facebook but that’s where it used to stop.
Currently, WhatsApp is trying it’s best to earn the respect and trust it somehow started to lose. It’s trying to rebuild its relations with the users. This happened because the huge chunk of WhatsApp population started to switch to apps like telegram and signal. WhatsApp has now resorted to a different approach to reach out to its user base.
WhatsApp notified people the moves it will be making and consequences
WhatsApp has made it clear that the update is not going to breach privacy. This update will further improve the app and allow payments and transactions from the app.
Also, if users don’t accept the policy by May 15 of the current year, their accounts will be suspended. Inactive accounts can survive upto 120 days and after that they will be deleted. People won’t be able to use the App if they fail to accept the new WhatsApp policy.
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