WhatsApp made it clear that the information that will be shared with Facebook pertains to businesses using the app, and doesn’t affect individual users. Still, this news was not welcome enthusiastically by WhatsApp users, which over the next couple of days saw most looking for alternative messaging applications.
Competing apps like Signal and Telegram have since shot up in popularity, with Signal even suffering overloads on its servers with the sudden rush of messages coming in.
“We’re now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8. We’re also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp. We’ll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15,” the company said in a blog post.
It still emphasized that all your messages and calls will be encrypted, citing the end-to-end encryption that was one of the supported features of the app. The policy update will not change, but will instead have new options on how people can message on WhatsApp.
There’s a good chance that many are still confused about the policy change, so hopefully, Facebook/WhatsApp can give a thorough detail about the changes that can be understood by everyone.