At the origin of the decision will be the fact that thousands of users have started switching to platforms competing with Whatsapp, for refusing to see their data shared with the social network Facebook.
“We decided to extend the deadline for people to review and accept the update terms. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8, 2021. We will also do a lot of work to clear up any incorrect information about how privacy and security work on Whatsapp. Therefore, we will give more time for everyone to review our policy before May 15, 2021, the date on which the new commercial options will become available ”, informed the social network.
The service update is mandatory, otherwise users who do not accept the changes will not be able to continue using the application. However, the new rules were not welcomed, especially as they include an authorization for Whatsapp to share users' personal data with Facebook, even if Whatsapp users do not have a Facebook account.