WhatsApp said earlier this week would allow users to view the planned privacy update “at their own pace” and display a banner to better explain the changes to its terms. But what happens to its users who don’t accept the terms until May 15?
In an email to one of its trading partners reviewed by TechCrunch, Facebook’s WhatsApp said it would “slowly ask” such users to comply with the new terms “to have full WhatsApp functionality” from May 15.
If they still do not accept the terms, “for a short time, these users will be able to receive calls and notifications, but will not be able to read or send messages from the app,” the company added in a note. The company confirmed to TechCrunch that the memo accurately describes its plan.
The “short time” will last for several weeks. In a note, WhatsApp refers to a newly created FAQ page that says its inactive user policy will apply after May 15.
WhatsApp’s Inactive User Policy states that accounts are “typically deleted after 120 days of inactivity.”
The instant messaging service received backlash from some of its users, including in India, its largest market, last month after the app said they must agree to planned privacy terms by February 8, which should reflect her recent push into e-commerce they want to continue using the service.
After backlash, WhatsApp said its planned privacy update had created confusion among some of its users. “We’ve heard from so many people how much of a mess around our recent update. A lot of misinformation of concern has been received, and we want to help everyone understand our principles and facts,” wrote a blog post last month.
WhatsApp, which has more than 2 billion users, postponed introducing the new policy for three months last month and has since explained its terms to users, although its explanation does not say what it plans to do with users who disagreed. Conditions.