MUSCAT: After backlash from users on privacy-policy change and losing millions of accounts to rivals Telegram and Signal, messaging App WhatsApp postponed a data-sharing change on Friday.
In a statement issued, WhatsApp said it canceled its February 8 deadline for accepting an update to its terms concerning sharing data with Facebook, saying it would use the pause to clear up misinformation around privacy and security.
The instant messaging app informed users that no one’s account will be deleted on February 8. “We’re now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8.”
“We’ve heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update,” WhatsApp said in a blog post. “This update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook.”
It said it would instead “go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15.”