By now, you are probably all too familiar with this notice that has been popping up over the past week:
That is not going to happen.
“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,” WhatsApp notes.
During the 3 months, WhatsApp says that it will be “going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp”.
WhatsApp has been forced to issue statements in print newspapers in countries like India in attempts to shed more light on the actions it is undertaking. It also shared similar messaging on social media in addition to adding an FAQ page to address the same.
Privacy-focused messaging service Signal has seen an upward spiral of new users, registering about 40 million new installs on the Google Play Store (at least going by these undated screengrabs). As of the time of writing this, the service is experiencing a major outage occasioned by strained resources due to the massive user migration to the platform.
Another messenger app, Telegram, has also benefitted immensely from WhatsApp’s crisis, breaking its 500 million active user milestone this week and netting 25 million new users over a 72-hour period.
Since 2016, WhatsApp has shared user data with Facebook, even though users have had an opportunity to opt-out of that arrangement.