The social media giant essentially threatened WhatsApp users into accepting the new policy. Failure to accept the new terms would practically cripple the platform.
WhatsApp’s new terms of service will reportedly be optional in the future https://t.co/Z8YKNSSmsq
— XDA (@xdadevelopers) August 30, 2021
WhatsApp was also reportedly started splashing a pop-up to some users who had not accepted the Terms of Service. The annoying pop-up appeared while making audio and video calls.
— Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) (@internetfreedom) August 27, 2021
Presumably realizing the damage that it was causing, Facebook started damage control. The social media giant started sharing Infographics in the status tab of WhatsApp.
— MSPoweruser (@mspoweruser) August 30, 2021
Facebook repeatedly mentioned it will never share personally identifiable information. However, it was obvious that WhatsApp could start sharing user data, albeit anonymized, with its parent company.
Moving ahead, Whatsapp will no longer make it compulsory for users to accept its policies to use the app. The relaxed usage policy could arrive in a future update.
WhatsApp features tracker that executes the parameters laid out in WhatsApp’s new terms of service could be optional in a future version. The new inclusion is reportedly present in a beta build of the app.
As per the new version, not available to the general public yet, users can continue to use WhatsApp without accepting its new policies. There is, however, a condition that users must always abide by.
— EY (@jmaffou) August 25, 2021
The new version mentions: To chat with businesses, review and accept the WhatsApp update. It offers two options to the users — ‘Not Now’ and ‘Review’. The new experimental version of WhatsApp could transition in the upcoming stable build of WhatsApp for Android as well as iOS.