The updated WhatsApp FAQ now clearly mentions: “No one will have their accounts deleted or lose functionality of WhatsApp on May 15th because of this update”.
This is in stark contrast to the last update. Previously, the platform had warned that failing to accept the new terms by the May deadline could mean losing functionality. WhatsApp had mentioned the same while extending the previous deadline to May 15th.
— Android Police (@AndroidPolice) May 7, 2021
The page continued its strong-arm wordings by mentioning: “We’ve extended the effective date to May 15th. If you haven’t accepted by then, WhatsApp will not delete your account. However, you won’t have the full functionality of WhatsApp until you accept. For a short time, you’ll be able to receive calls and notifications, but won’t be able to read or send messages from the app [emphasis added].”
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— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) May 7, 2021
WhatsApp has previously confirmed that while it won’t terminate accounts immediately. Users who don’t accept the new terms will have only “limited account functionality” available to them until they do.
What this basically means is that after May 15 deadline comes and goes, WhatsApp could start sending reminders for a few days. Users who continue to hold out could start losing access to their chat list.
— The Verge (@verge) May 7, 2021
Such users would still be able to see and respond to notifications as well as answer voice and video calls. If these users continue to remain adamant, the platform will then switch off all incoming notifications and calls for your account, effectively rendering it useless.
Although there is no new deadline, the platform’s policies pertaining to inactive users and accounts are quite clear on the matter. WhatsApp indicates it generally deletes inactive accounts after 120 days.
— XDA (@xdadevelopers) May 7, 2021
Reports suggest the removal of the May 15 deadline is applicable in select countries only. However, European countries compliant with GDPR continue to remain shielded.