WhatsApp will ease you into accepting its privateness coverage with a banner

When WhatsApp rolled out its new privacy policy last month via a pop-up banner on the app, people freaked out. It turned out to be a communications disaster and users launched a mass exodus to other apps like Telegram and Signal.

The Facebook company’s original plan was to have this policy in place by February 8th. However, due to the backlash, the update had to be postponed to May 15th.

WhatsApp doesn’t change its schedule or privacy policy. But a banner is introduced into the app to help you understand better. You can tap the banner to read the explainer, learn more, and accept it.

You can only choose to read at the moment, but you must accept it by May 15th to continue using the service. If you choose not to accept these changes, your account will be deactivated

Photo credit: WhatsAppWhatsApp privacy policy banner

WhatsApp wants you to know: your chats are encrypted and the company can’t see them and not all of your contacts and data are shared with Facebook. Ideally, I want the app to tell me what it’s sharing with Facebook. You can read what WhatsApp is changing in our explainer published last month.

Mark Zuckerberg has already launched his vision of integrating all messaging apps by linking Messenger and Instagram Direct. However, when the company starts integrating WhatsApp, we need to know what to give up for that role.

After its initial announcement, WhatsApp tried to better explain its policies through the status feature

WhatsApp also stated on its blog that the new privacy policy paves the way for companies to operate on the platform. Here’s how the company will make money and keep the app free for end users:

We also think it’s important that people know how we can make WhatsApp available for free. Every day, millions of people start a WhatsApp chat with a company because it’s easier than making a phone call or exchanging emails.

We charge companies for providing customer service to WhatsApp – not people. Some shopping features include Facebook, so companies can manage their inventory across apps. We’ll display more information [note: this will link to what you have in the attached] directly in WhatsApp so that users can choose whether or not to get in touch with companies.

The bottom line is that WhatsApp isn’t changing its privacy policy but communicating the terms better in the hopes that people who have doubts may not switch platforms.

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Published on February 18, 2021 – 21:00 UTC