Privacy changes delayed by WhatsApp
WhatsApp said it would push back the changes, to May 15 from February 8 To give users more time to review what it planned to do.
The Facebook owned company said it is “going to do a lot more to clear up miss information around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp.”
This month, WhatsApp notified its users that it would give the new options to message business using the service and was updating its privacy terms. Many users and some media outlets interpreted the notification as a marked shift in WhatsApp data sharing practises, mistakenly believing that the company could not eat peoples conversations and other personal data. Misinformation spread to the service, touching users around the world.
“We don’t keep logs of who everyone is messaging or calling. We also can’t see your share location and we don’t share contacts with Facebook. With these updates, none of that is changing, ” the company wrote, adding that “this update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook.”
In another tweet, the company added, it “never planned to delete any accounts based on this and will not do so in the future.”
The delay could pose a hurdle to WhatsApp’s plan to generate revenue by making it easier to engage in commercial exchanges on the messaging app. Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014 but the messaging service has been slow to make money.