WhatsApp Postpones Privacy Adjustments – Newsmonkey

The WhatsApp messaging service, part of the Facebook empire, is delaying its harshly criticized modification of its terms of use.

WhatsApp, which serves 2 billion users worldwide, announced an adjustment to its terms of use earlier this month. Their main purpose was to make e-commerce easier. For example, direct shopping via WhatsApp at a webshop on Facebook or Instagram would become possible. Instagram also belongs to the Facebook group.

Exchange data with Facebook

According to critics, the changes would facilitate the exchange of confidential data to parent company Facebook. The messaging service did indicate that the new conditions would not apply in the European region, so that in any case not much would change for Belgian users.

However, the announcement sparked user protests worldwide. Many feared that Facebook would access WhatsApp messages. The messaging service is nevertheless known for its encryption and relatively strong protection of personal data. Did WhatsApp sell its soul? Rival apps like Telegram and Signal were downloaded en masse.


WhatsApp is now responding to the fuss by postponing the introduction of the new conditions for three months, from February 8 to May 15.

“We heard from so many people how much confusion there is about our recent update. There is a lot of misinformation that is causing concern. We want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts, ”the service said in a blog post. “This update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook,” is also emphasized.


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