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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – FEBRUARY 19: Facebook and WhatsApp logos are displayed on portable electronic devices on February 19, 2014 in San Francisco City. Facebook Inc. announced that it will purchase smartphone-messaging app company WhatsApp Inc. for $19 billion in cash and stock.
According to Mac Rumors‘ latest report, WhatsApp said that the users need to agree so that they could have the full functionality of WhatsApp starting on May 15.
“If they still don’t accept the terms, “for a short time, these users will be able to receive calls and notifications, but will not be able to read or send messages from the app,” the company added in the note,” said Whatsapp via Mac Rumors.
What will WhatsApp do to your account?
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SAN ANSELMO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 06: In this photo illustration, the WhatsApp application is displayed on a iPhone on April 6, 2016 in San Anselmo, California. Facebook-owned mobile mobile messaging application WhatsApp announced that it has completed end-to-end encryption of of all communication and data shared on the app.
On the other hand, the tech giant company said that it will delete the accounts of inactive users after 120 days of inactivity. Last month of January, WhatsApp announced its new usage terms. Many users concluded that the new changes will share their messages on the platform to Facebook, WhatsApp’s parent company.
However, the application explained that the app will still remain end-to-end encrypted so that it can only be accessed by those in the conversation. On the other hand, WhatsApp also said that it will let users message businesses. But, the same protections won’t apply to those messages.
Meanwhile, data in business messages will be able to be used for commercial purposes. These include ad targeting on Facebook, with some data stored on Facebook’s servers. Although WhatsApp confirmed that its new changes won’t really send user information to Facebook, the public’s misconception affected the reputation of the application, especially when Elon Musk promoted Signal instead of WhatsApp.
If you are a WhatsApp user, here are the policy changes as stated on WhatsApp’s official website;
You can use the contact upload feature and provide us, if permitted by applicable laws, with the phone numbers in your address book on a regular basis, including those of users of our Services and your other contacts.
You may provide us your status if you choose to include one on your account. Learn how to use status on Android, iPhone, or KaiOS.
Once your messages are delivered, they are deleted from our servers.
Your Account Information
You must provide your mobile phone number and basic information (including a profile name of your choice) to create a WhatsApp account. If you don’t provide us with this information, you will not be able to create an account to use our Services.