How it started and where we are
Facebook still sent regular prompts to inform users about the imminent changes. The company insisted that the end-to-end encryption that protects chats and calls isn’t going away in its messaging. But it never clearly explained why all WhatsApp users would have to agree to share commerce data with Facebook even if they did not plan on using WhatsApp for commerce purposes.
As the deadline approached, it seemed like Facebook would go forward with its threat and cripple the WhatsApp experience for those who did not accept the changes. But then the Indian government intervened, forcing Facebook to reconsider its “nuclear” option. Facebook said in late May that it would not limit the functionality of WhatsApp accounts that do not agree to the terms.
Facebook said in previous remarks that most WhatsApp users had already accepted the new terms of service before the earlier deadlines. Facebook didn’t offer any figures, but WhatsApp remains the world’s biggest chat platform. Tens of millions of people downloaded Signal and Telegram in early 2021, but this leaves hundreds of millions of WhatsApp users. They either accepted the terms, or they’re still closing the notification every few days.