WhatsApp says “this is the plan moving forward indefinitely” and doesn’t mention if there’s still a possibility of once again forcing users to accept the update.
“Given recent discussions with various authorities and privacy experts, we want to make clear that we will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works for those who have not yet accepted the update,” a WhatsApp spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge. WhatsApp tells The Verge that this is the plan moving forward indefinitely.
WhatsApp’s new privacy policies began taking effect on May 15. Prior to that, the company had said that those who didn’t agree to the new terms would lose access to some WhatsApp features, such as the ability to access the chat list or audio and video calls. This not only upset some users, but also raised concerns from governments around the world.
WhatsApp updated its support article about the privacy updates to confirms that “no one will have their accounts deleted or lose functionality.” The company also claims that “the majority of users who have seen the update have accepted.”
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