The company stated that while most of its users had accepted its updated policy, there were still a few out there who have not had a chance to do so. A spokesperson for WhatsApp said that the new update would not intrude upon the privacy of its users and the company had spent the past few months addressing such concerns.
Clarifying what it termed as ‘confusion and misinformation’, the spokesperson also said, “No accounts will be deleted on May 15 because of this update and no one in India will lose functionality of WhatsApp either. We will follow up with reminders to people over the next several weeks.”
One of the statements released by the platform in January stated its intention to share user data with Facebook. The latter incidentally owns WhatsApp. The company faced a lot of flak over its announcement with many claiming that it was an outright attempt to breach users’ privacy.
WhatsApp’s New Private polices’s decision alienated many of its users, forcing them to opt for other messaging platforms like Signal and Telegram.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) also joined the ongoing protests and reached out to the Global Executive Officer of WhatsApp, Will Cathcart, asking him to do away with the new policy. According to its FAQ page, users who chose not to accept the new policy would continue to receive notifications asking them to comply. After a certain point, restricted access to WhatsApp would be implemented and the user may no longer avail its services.