What if you don’t agree with new Whatsapp policy?
In an email to at least one of its merchant partners, reviewed by TechCrunch, Facebook-owned WhatsApp said it'll “gently ask” such users to suits the new terms “in order to possess full functionality of WhatsApp” starting May 15.
Last week, WhatsApp reiterated that private messages will always be end-to-end encrypted and therefore the company can’t read or hear them. In a new blog post, WhatsApp said that within the coming weeks, it'll display a banner in its main platform providing more information that folks can read at their own pace.
The instant messaging service received backlash from a number of its users — including those in India, its biggest market — last month after an in-app alert said that they had until February 8 to comply with the planned privacy terms, which are being made to reflect its recent push into e-commerce, if they wished to continue using the service.
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Following backlash, WhatsApp said its planned privacy update had created confusion among a number of its users. “We’ve heard from numerous people what proportion confusion there's around our recent update. There’s been tons of misinformation causing concern and that we want to assist everyone understand our principles and therefore the facts,” it wrote during a blog post last month.
“We’ve also included more information to undertake and address concerns we’re hearing. Eventually, we’ll start reminding people to review and accept these updates to stay using WhatsApp,” the corporate said.
UAE like many other gulf countries have a strict policy on messengers and other social media platforms, an online survey reveals that this will only worsen hopes of expats living in UAE as they use social media to link with family and friends.