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WhatsApp users may lose app functionality before new privacy policies are adopted.

WhatsApp recently updated its user privacy policy, including new terms that require the app to share data with Facebook as a condition...

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WhatsApp recently updated its user privacy policy, including new terms that require the app to share data with Facebook as a condition of usage. WhatsApp can now disable certain app features before users approve the latest privacy terms, which was initially postponed.

Following the uproar about WhatsApp’s revised privacy policy, Facebook has agreed to delay amendments to the two social networks’ data sharing policies. Last week, WhatsApp also confirmed that those who do not approve the new terms would not have their accounts deleted or deactivated.Although this is still valid, the company has now clarified that users who refuse to implement the latest privacy policy will face certain consequences.

According to Gizmodo, WhatsApp updated a support article on its website this week with more information about the forthcoming privacy changes.While the company reiterates that users’ accounts will not be disabled, it now states that those who fail to accept the new terms will have “restricted features” on their accounts.

Users will lose access to certain WhatsApp features from May 15 unless they agree the new terms.
These users, for example, would lose their right to enter the chat list first. The user will no longer receive updates of new WhatsApp messages, and audio and video calls will stop working.

Essentially, despite WhatsApp’s assurances that you would not lose your account if you disagree with how the company plans to share your data, it is rendering the app almost unusable for these users in order to compel them to support its new privacy policy.

Some users have been searching for alternatives to WhatsApp since the company announced the changes.
This includes Signal and Telegram, all of which have end-to-end encryption, as well as Apple’s iMessage.

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