Earlier, Whatsapp has announced that the policy change will come into effect on 8th February. It said every user has to accept the update, if not they will lose their account. However after this update, most of the users have stopped using the app as it said, the app is sharing the user’s data with Facebook.
After a huge controversy, the company clarified about the update and said it will not affect the user’s data. It will only address the business chats in the event with the customer service of the company’s app via Whatsapp.
In a blog post, Whatsapp said, to better communicate the changes of the new policy and privacy terms, it is going to delay it for three months.
“We’re now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms.”
The company has posted a tweet and confirmed the delay of a new update to MAY 2021.
Thank you to everyone who’s reached out. We're still working to counter any confusion by communicating directly with @WhatsApp users. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on Feb 8 and we’ll be moving back our business plans until after May – https://t.co/H3DeSS0QfO
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 15, 2021
Because of this notification, many users rush to other messaging apps. Telegram and Signal are the two apps which have got new millions of users in a short time after the Whatsapp new privacy update was announced.
Telegram app has got 25 million new users in just three days and 500 million monthly active users in January. On the other side, the Signal messaging app had struggled earlier but now it has topped the chart of top list apps on the Play Store and App Store. The signal app team has been working globally and is adding new features.