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WhatsApp has revealed how it will gradually limit the features available to accounts held by users who do not accept the platform's impending privacy policy changes, due to come into effect on May 15.

WhatsApp's new banner explaining the privacy policy changes

According to an email seen by TechCrunch to one of its merchant partners, WhatsApp said it will "slowly ask" users who have not yet accepted the policy changes to comply with the new terms over the coming weeks, "in order to have full functionality of WhatsApp" starting May 15.
If they still don't 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 the note.
The company confirmed to TechCrunch that the note accurately characterizes its plan, and that the "short time" will span a few weeks. WhatsApp's policy for inactive users states that accounts are "generally deleted after 120 days of inactivity."

WhatsApp first announced its new usage terms early last month, and the changes at the time were interpreted by many users to mean that the platform would share their messages with parent company Facebook.

In fact, private messages between users will remain end-to-end encrypted, so that they can only be accessed by those in the conversation. WhatsApp also lets users message businesses, however, and the same protections won't apply to those messages. Data in business messages will be able to be used for commercial purposes like ad targeting on Facebook, with some data stored on Facebook's servers.

The misperception caused a backlash amongst users of the Facebook-owned platform, causing an exodus to rival messaging apps like Telegram and Signal, both of which were quick to exploit the situation by coaxing former users with more mainstream chat features.

WhatsApp has since used in-app Status updates to clarify that the update does not affect data sharing with Facebook in terms of user chats or profile information, with the new terms instead applying to those who use the business chat feature.

In the weeks leading up to May, WhatsApp will begin to roll out a small, in-app banner (pictured above) that users can tap to re-review the privacy policies.

Tapping the banner will show a more detailed summary of the changes, including further specifics about how WhatsApp works with Facebook. The Facebook-owned company says it will eventually remind users to read the new policy and accept it to continue using the app.

Article Link: WhatsApp Reveals What Happens to Users Who Don't Agree to Upcoming Privacy Policy Changes
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macrumors 6502a
Jun 29, 2015
If I am getting "crippled" as a customer, I might think about ignoring the crippling company.
Oh, if you do not agree, you automatically become "inactive" and will be deleted after 120 days. I feel a certain pressure in this term. One might even think about another description for this.
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macrumors 6502a
May 22, 2008
Facebook should never have been allowed to buy Whatsapp. For many, it's now literally impossible to truly break free from Facebook. I hate that f----g site with a passion. It had a brief moment of supplying value by "connecting" long lost friends 15 years ago, but now its just worthless, evil and detrimental to people's mental health.


macrumors 6502
Jun 9, 2020
I think the harsh reality is that most don't care , they click "Agree, Agree, Agree" on most of the popups they will ever get from any big App , assuming that big Apps will never do shady things, this is just a broad day light robbery of private information being done for everyone to see and it goes unpunished , Apple will not be enough to stop Facebook from gathering and abusing private information , it will need to be regulated in the law to have any chance to succeed , as you can see Facebook are willing to bet that most ppl will "Agree" to their agenda rather then move to another messaging app.

Regulation is way behind on this , imagine a world where you buy an Oven and you are obligated to allow the Oven company to use a microphone to hear everything you do in your home and a camera to watch it , that is if you want to use said over to cook your food , sure there are other Oven companies but they are small companies you never used and are lacking features and what not (I,e a lesser product) - I guess we can do better analogies here , but you get the idea.

This is basically where we are now , you text a friend about a new car you saw on the highway in a messaging app , 5 min goes by and you are bombarded with Car commercials in every online interaction you have for the foreseeable future , disgusting.


macrumors newbie
Sep 16, 2020
Facebook or Google apps want way too much information which isn’t even relevant to the functions of the app in the first place. telegram wants my contacts, whereas WhatsApp or messenger want browser history, purchase history, health data, confidential data and the list goes on. One can easily see that on the new privacy cards in the AppStore. I read a lot of “by WhatsApp belonging to Facebook we are forced to be connected to Facebook” I disagree. I will delete WhatsApp and ppl who want to talk to me have to either get telegram or **** off


macrumors 65816
Jan 19, 2008
This last month I have seen a lot of people appearing on Signal and Telegram over here in Belgium. Let’s hope this WhatsApp exodus gains momentum.

The weird thing: local companies and public services are finally ready to adopt chat... and of course they’re choosing WhatsApp. ?


macrumors G5
Jan 17, 2013
Wales, United Kingdom
I just downloaded Telegram and Signal as I don’t see the harm in having them on my phone if they become popular. I have 4 contacts already on Telegram but sadly these are people I either haven’t spoken to for years or were contacts I saved as a one-off.

I don’t particularly care what messenger I use really as they all pretty much offer the same service. I think it’ll be a long time before the anti WhatsApp message gain momentum where I am simply because of how popular it is. I’ll be honest though, I don’t tend to contact businesses through WhatsApp anyway. I use it between colleagues and people who I’ve shared details with through work, but I don’t use it for official business purchases etc. I don’t think the privacy concerns really apply to domestic communication if they are being truthful with their statements.


macrumors member
Sep 23, 2014
I would be careful using Telegram. They have moved the company HQ a UAE Freezone entity - which actually mean they are regulated by the laws of the United Arab Emirates.

The UAE have some very harsh regulations about cybersecurity and online behaviour that most people int the west would find "oppressive" or outright harmful.

So something said on Telegram could come back and bite you in the backside if you ever traveled through the UAE - despite the promises of end to end encryption. That promise - is only as good as the pressure put on the owners from a local "government" - and the local government are not too happy about any kind of encryption in the public's hands.

UAE Cybercrime law in brief:
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