WhatsApp Stops Forced Update for 8.2.
After all the confusion that WhatsApp has created among users, now comes the U-turn. On 8.2. nothing changes.
WhatsApp has officially stopped the forced update planned for February 8, 2021 for all users. The company, which belongs to Facebook, is reacting to the worldwide confusion among users about what exactly is changing now.
Whatsapp wanted to change the data protection and usage rules on February 8th, 2021 and users had to agree to the new rules or their account would have been deleted on February 8th, 2021. Ultimately, users should agree that WhatsApp may share certain user data and certain circumstances with Facebook. However, there was an exception for all EU users for whom this would not have changed, but who should nevertheless agree to the new rules.
All of this has caused all sorts of confusion and criticism and gave rival messengers like Signal and Telegram a rush of new users.
WhatsApp is now ultimately forced to pull the emergency brake. As the company announced in a blog post, the additional time will be used to better inform all users about the planned changes.
“We have heard from numerous people that our recent updates have caused a lot of confusion. There is a lot of misinformation floating around that is causing concern,” said WhatsApp. First of all, it is emphasized that WhatsApp attaches great importance to secure communication between its users and that end-to-end encryption ensures that the messages cannot be read by anyone else – including WhatsApp or Facebook. This also applies to other user data, such as location data.
With the updates on February 8th, 2021 nothing would have changed, according to WhatsApp. Specifically, it says:
“Instead, these updates include new options for people to use WhatsApp to send messages to businesses. The changes make it more transparent about how we collect and use data. While not many people shop at businesses on WhatsApp today, we believe that In the future, more and more people will decide to do so. It is therefore important to inform about these services. These updates do not give us any additional rights to share data with Facebook.
Ultimately, it has now been decided that the changes will not come into force on February 8th, 2021. This means that no accounts will be switched off on February 8th, 2021 if the users have not agreed to the new rules. Instead, the changes should now come into effect on May 15, 2021. The additional time should be used to better inform users about the changes. WhatsApp literally explains:
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