San Francisco – WhatsApp said on Friday that it would delay a planned privacy update, as the Facebook-owned messaging service tries to stop the exodus of users worried about the changes.
WhatsApp Said it would push the changes back, 15 May to 8 February, to give users more time to review what it plans to do.
This month, WhatsApp informed its users that it would give them new options for messaging businesses using the service and is updating its privacy terms. WhatsApp’s notification states that users will have to accept the new terms or will not have access to their accounts until February. Although little was actually changing, the company still needed user approval.
Many users and some media outlets interpreted the notification as a marked change in WhatsApp’s data-sharing practices, assuming the company could now read people’s conversations and other personal data. Misinformation spread through the service, touching users around the world.
Millions of people Others come for messaging services, Including apps such as Signal – which provides so-called end-to-end encryption such as WhatsApp – and Telegram, which offers some encryption options. Earlier this week, Signal became the number 1 app on Apple and Android phones in India, one of WhatsApp’s biggest markets.
Now, WhatsApp officials are scrambling to assure users that its changes are minor, that it cannot read users’ messages, and that its services are more secure than some competitors.
“WhatsApp helped bring end-to-end encryption to people around the world, and we are committed to defending this security technology now and in the future,” WhatsApp said in a company blog post. “With these updates, none of them are changing.”
Some limited information of WhatsApp is shared with Facebook, WhatsApp parent company. But WhatsApp’s terms of service changes occurred in 2016, and the terms have not been substantially updated since.
Fallout represents a rare missstep for the messaging giant, which Facebook bought in 2014 for $ 16 billion. For years, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg operated WhatsApp as an independent entity, supported by Facebook’s infrastructure and resources. In that period, WhatsApp evolved to serve more than a billion users – most of them outside the United States.
This approach has changed in recent years. WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton left the company in 2018 Out with mr zuckerberg. Since then, Mr. Zuckerberg’s touch has become heavier. They want Sewing together messaging between Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, Which would require years of engineering work.
While Mr Zuckerberg has deployed Facebook to double user privacy, some former employees fear that apps such as WhatsApp may become less secure over time. WhatsApp is not connected to Messenger or Instagram yet.
There has been a lot of ruckus about the change in privacy of WhatsApp, in view of which the company has given incorrect information in its service. WhatsApp has been used to distribute Misinformation around elections in Brazil and other countries, Which has been difficult to compete with due to the closed, private nature of the service.
“There is a lot of cause for concern, and we want to help everyone understand our principles and facts,” the company said.