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
Why is WhatsApp delaying its rollout now?
The update has caused a stir around the world especially around how WhatsApp would share ‘more’ data of users with parent company Facebook, which WhatsApp claims is not correct. On Saturday, WhatsApp in its blog post said that the company wants people to understand the principles and the facts regarding the new policy. For this, it has extended bringing in the policy update till May 15 and no account will be suspended on February 8.
What it means for WhatsApp users?
The company said that the new update will be inclusive of new options people that will be regarding business on WhatsApp that help people have further transparency about how we collect and use data. The company said, “While not everyone shops with a business on WhatsApp today, we think that more people will choose to do so in the future and it’s important people are aware of these services.” Further stating that no information will be shared with Facebook, WhatsApp said, “This update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook.”
The idea to move the update date is to help people review and understand the new policy before accepting it. The company added that it aims to protect people’s personal conversations with end-to-end encryption and neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can have access to these private messages. WhatsApp claims that it does not keep logs of people contacting or messaging others and it also cannot access shared locations and other such information. “We don’t share your contacts with Facebook,” the company noted.