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WhatsApp postpones data sharing with Facebook until May 15, 2021

WhatsApp is going backwards. Faced with the exodus of its users to Signal or Telegram, the instant messaging application has decided to postpone sharing its data with Facebook. The new terms of use will not come into effect until May 15, 2021.

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In early January, WhatsApp announced a major update to its terms of service. From now on, the messaging system will share certain data with Facebook, its parent company. Concretely, the social network will be able to access conversations with companies. In case of refusal of these new conditions, WhatsApp threatened to delete users’ accounts.

The announcement prompted thousands of users to migrate to competing solutions, including Signal or Telegram. In order to calm the bleeding, WhatsApp has finally decided to postpone the application of its new terms of use for three months.

WhatsApp pushes back controversial update of its terms of service

“We have decided to move back the date when users will be asked to review and agree to the terms. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8 WhatsApp announces in a long post on its official website. Initially, data sharing with Facebook was indeed due to start on February 8, 2021.

“We understand the confusion surrounding the recent update. A lot of misinformation circulated, which created concern. We want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts ” details the messaging application. To justify his decision, WhatsApp points to the emergence of a lot of false information about this controversial update. The service is committed to closely monitoring the emergence of such misinformation and providing clear and precise feedback.

“We will then gradually turn to users so that they can review the privacy policy at their own pace before new options for professionals will be available on May 15 concludes WhatsApp. Facebook therefore has several months to regain the trust of Internet users.

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Finally, note that WhatsApp reminds once again that Facebook is unable to view users’ private messages. By evoking again the “End-to-end encryption” messages, the Californian firm seeks to drown the fish. Indeed, it is not the encryption that currently worries WhatsApp users, but the sharing of data with Facebook, a social network known to sell the data of its members to advertising firms.