Despite privacy concerns around WhatsApp’s new policy, majority of its users have accepted them, the company said today. “We continue to engage with the government and we reaffirm what we said before that this update does not impact the privacy of personal messages for anyone. Our goal is to provide information about new options we are building that people will have, to message a business on WhatsApp, in the future. While the majority of users who have received the new terms of service have accepted them, we appreciate some people haven’t had the chance to do so yet. No accounts were deleted on May 15 because of this update and no one in India lost functionality of WhatsApp either. We will follow up with reminders to people over the next several weeks.We’re grateful for the important role WhatsApp plays in people’s lives and we’ll take every opportunity to explain how we protect people’s personal messages and private information,” a WhatsApp spokesperson said, responding to reports about a government letter sent to the company, asking for the new policy to be withdrawn.
The Indian government sent a letter to WhatsApp late on May 18, asking the company to withdraw the policy. The government gave WhatsApp seven days to respond to its letter. This is the second time that the government has sent such a letter over this policy, with the first one being sent in January this year, after the policy was announced.
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