Furthermore, in a recent statement released, the firm has clarified that after conversing with governments and privacy advocates it won’t reduce any functionality, even if the users don’t accept the policy for now:
“Given recent discussions with various authorities and privacy experts, we want to make clear that we currently have no plans to limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works for those who have not yet accepted the update. Instead, we will continue to remind users from time to time about the update as well as when people choose to use relevant optional features, like communicating with a business that is receiving support from Facebook.”
Moreover, the rollout of this policy has been a complicated mess and raised concerns which WhatsApp would start sharing more of users’ information with Facebook. WhatsApp has emphasized this isn’t the case, though — that the policy update is viewing messages sent to businesses by WhatsApp, which might be stored on Facebook’s servers.
In addition to it, in January, India reportedly directed WhatsApp to reverse its latest policy change. As India is WhatsApp’s largest market and contains more than 400 million of the app’s 2 billion users.
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