WhatsApp’s decision to delay new policy comes after company abruptly introduced privacy changed earlier this month with a pop-up warning that said users could agree to the new policy by February 8 or lose their ability to use the app altogether. The new terms respond to the company’s recent focus on business messaging, a feature widely used in many countries outside of the United States. But the warning alarmed many users, who interpreted the changes as Facebook tightening his grip on their data.
Now, WhatsApp is looking back on some of its previous messages. “We are now pushing back the date when people will be asked to review and agree to the terms,” the company says. “No one will see their account suspended or deleted on February 8. We will then ask users to gradually review the policy at their own pace before new business options become available on May 15.”
Even with the delay, WhatsApp may struggle to reverse the damage already done. Encrypted messaging app signal – which is now supported by one of the WhatsApp original founders who has become a vocal critic of Facebook in recent years – saw a wave new users since WhatsApp’s failed privacy announcement (and an extra boost from Elon Musk). It also prompted inquiries from officials. many countries.