WhatsApp recently announced that they are moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms. They also corroborate that, “No one will have their accounts suspended or deleted on February 8 … we’re also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security work WhatsApp”.
WhatsApp had enquired users to agree to the new policy by February 8, 2021, but has pushed that deadline to May 15. The company also announced that “we have heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update, … There is been a lot of misinformation causing concern and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts”.
WhatsApp also indicates that they will let people review the policy step by step before new business options are available on May 15. WhatsApp said that ‘ the new terms are not changing at all but the company have added new options for people who have to contact businesses on WhatsApp and the kind of data they will be collecting’.
To sum up, WhatsApp is doing damage limitation after their new terms that made people switch to other platforms like Signal and Telegram. In the same line, WhatsApp rival Telegram recently announced that they got 25 million users in three days.