Users Who Refuse To Accept Facebook’s Privacy Policy Will Have Their WhatsApp Functionality Restricted

WhatsApp users have a few weeks to approve the app’s revised Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, which include sharing data with Facebook, or they may lose access to some of the app’s most useful features. This comes as a result of a change to WhatsApp’s FAQ site, as the Facebook-owned company tries to get more users to accept the new guidelines.

The company’s previous position earlier this year, when it stated that if users refused to comply with the data-sharing agreement and opt not to have their WhatsApp account details shared with Facebook, the accounts will be entirely unavailable.

WhatsApp also allows all Indian users to approve the latest privacy policy, a step that has sparked outrage after Facebook revealed in January that users will have to give up a little more personal information to help businesses interact more effectively.

“For the last several weeks we’ve displayed a notification in WhatsApp providing more information about the update. After giving everyone time to review, we’re continuing to remind those who haven’t had the chance to do so to review and accept. After a period of several weeks, the reminder people receive will eventually become persistent,” the WhatsApp FAQ page reads.

Many users were also hesitant to embrace the app’s privacy policy, which was thrust upon them through regular pop-ups. Initially, users were concerned that their WhatsApp accounts would be removed as a result of something, which led to a mass migration of users to competing platforms like Signal and Telegram.

WhatsApp later confirmed that the accounts of these users would not be deleted. Then came another round of rumors, making many users’ privacy policies a nightmare.

WhatsApp will not switch off all of its features at once. It will give users regular warnings if they do not comply, after which they will be banned from using those functions. The WhatsApp chat list will be the first thing that the user will be unable to reach.

WhatsApp will, however, continue to allow users to respond to incoming phone and video calls. You can also tap on the alerts to read or respond to a message or to return a missed phone or video call if you’ve allowed them.

While the company has not confirmed this, it’s likely that you’ll start getting these prompts about accepting the privacy policy on Instagram and Facebook. However, you never know what Facebook is capable of, particularly given the massive amount of information it already has on you.