WhatsApp Will Switch Off Messages For Users Who Don't Accept the New Privacy Update

Coming May 15.

After delaying policy changes, WhatsApp is finally implementing its big update that caused a mass exodus of users. The controversy of the privacy policy update revolves around its new data-sharing terms which will help businesses and customer service.

WhatsApp, however, clarified that the update won't change anything that has to do with its end-to-end encryption. "The update includes new options people will have to message a business on WhatsApp, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data," the app said in a statement.

It continued, "While not everyone shops with a business on WhatsApp today, we think that more people will choose to do so in the future and its important people are aware of these services. This update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook."

But, on May 15, WhatsApp is turning off messages for users who choose to reject the new privacy terms. Still confused? Well, WhatsApp is going to continue to try and address concerns through a banner that provides more information on the app.

The exact number of users who have already uninstalled WhatsApp and flocked to Signal and Telegram is unclear. Reports say Telegram saw 15.7 million downloads from January 5 to 12.

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