WhatsApp pushes back changes to its terms of service
Many users fear sharing confidential data with Facebook
Additional delay until mid-May
For several days, users have been saying their desire to quit the instant communication application, by refusing to share data with its parent company, Facebook. Competing applications, such as Signal or Telegram, had recorded an increase in downloads.
"We are now delaying the date by which users will have to review and agree to the terms," the company said in a blog post. The changes, which were supposed to come into effect on February 8, will not be effective until May 15. But will this delay be enough to stop the initial movement?
This week, WhatsApp had tried for the first time to reassure its users, speaking of "rumors circulating". “We want to make it clear that the update does not affect the privacy of messages exchanged with your friends and family in any way,” the messenger said.
The company said the update would not "strengthen our ability to share data with Facebook," but was primarily intended to help businesses communicate better with their customers through the platform. “We know there has been confusion and misinformation about this update, and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts,” the company said.