WhatsApp explains why it is giving users more time: What you should know

WhatsApp explains why it is giving users more time: What you should know
Facing huge backlash and exodus of users to rival messaging platforms (Signal and Telegram), WhatsApp has announced delay in privacy update. Facebook-owned app is now giving users until May 15 to review and accept its new policy. The company published a blog explanining users what the new policy means. Here are the key points:

1.There is “much confusion around our recent update”

WhatsApp wrote that there has been a lot of misinformation about its new policy causing concern among users.

2.WhasApp is not suspending or deleting any accounts on February 8

WhatsApp said that it is now moving back the date on which users will be asked to review and accept the terms. The company is not deleting or suspending any accounts on February 8. “We’ll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15,” said the company in a blog post.

3.”WhatsApp and Facebook will not read your chats”

The company reiterated that users chats will remain end-to-end encrypted like they are now. “This means we will always protect your personal conversations with end-to-end encryption, so that neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can see these private messages,” wrote the company in the blog.

4.WhatsApp “will not see” your shared locations

The company in its blog stressed that the new terms of privacy do not mean that WhatsApp will be able to see users’ shared locations.

5.WhatsApp is not sharing your contacts with Facebook

WhatsApp stressed that it does not share users’ contacts with Facebook. It said that the policy in no way expands the company’s ability to share data with Facebook. ” When you give us permission, we access only the phone numbers from your address book to make messaging fast and reliable, and we don’t share your contacts lists with the other apps Facebook offers,” wrote the company in its new FAQ page published recently.

6.Take note, “messaging businesses on WhatsApp is different”

Using WhatsApp to reach out to businesses is different as per the company. “…whether you communicate with a business by phone, email, or WhatsApp, it can see what you’re saying and may use that information for its own marketing purposes, which may include advertising on Facebook,” clarified the company in the blog.

7.Users can reach out to businesses on WhatsApp via Facebook

 

Explaining the integration between WhatsApp business accounts and Facebook further, the company added in the blog post, “You may see an ad on Facebook with a button to message a business using WhatsApp. If you have WhatsApp installed on your phone, you’ll have the option to message that business. Facebook may use the way you interact with these ads to personalize the ads you see on Facebook.”

 

 

Source:-gadgetsnow

 

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