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.