- If a person does not accept the new terms by May 15th, WhatsApp functionality will be significantly reduced.
- Calls and notifications will work for a short time, but the core instant messaging features will be blocked.
Users will have to accept the new privacy changes by May 15th, when the new policy will go into effect. Facebook explained in an email to merchant partners that TechCrunch saw what would happen in the coming months.
WhatsApp will “slowly ask” users to comply with the new terms “in order to have full functionality of WhatsApp” come May 15th. If users decide not to accept the terms, WhatsApp will limit the app’s functionality. “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 email says. Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that the email accurately characterizes its plans.
Moreover, WhatsApp has a new FAQ section that explains exactly what happens on May 15th. The page contains language similar to the note that TechCrunch saw.
Facebook explains that users will still be able to accept the policy after May 15th. WhatsApp accounts will not be deleted immediately, but the company will enforce its policy related to inactive users after May 15th. Inactive accounts are deleted after 120 days.
Interestingly, a Facebook spokesperson said in early January that the WhatsApp changes would not impact European users when it comes to data sharing:
But all WhatsApp users will need to agree to the changes, regardless of where they’re located, to continue using the app after May 15th.
In the new FAQ section, Facebook explains how to export data from iPhone and Android in case users want to terminate their accounts.
Separately, Telegram offers users the option of importing all their WhatsApp chats. Telegram and Signal have seen a surge in downloads in early February, as users flocked to download a WhatsApp alternative. Only Signal offers full end-to-end encryption, however. On Telegram, users have to enable it for each chat.Today's Top Deal Add hands-free Alexa to your car for $14.99 instead of $50 with this crazy early Prime Day deal! Price:$14.99 Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Available from Amazon BGR may receive a commission