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It’s official! Facebook’s instant communications platform made it known that the application of the new Terms of Service – for users outside the European Union – has been delayed. Without specifying dates, WhatsApp clarifies the issue.

February 8, 2021 it was the deadline for users to accept the new terms of service and privacy policy. Changes that gave internal support to the exchange of information with the companies of the Facebook group, in addition to data collection.

WhatsApp recoils from the accumulation of complaints on social networks

Thank you to everyone who’s reached out. We’re still working to counter any confusion by communicating directly with @Whatsapp users. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on Feb 8 and we’ll be moving back our business plans until after May – https://t.co/H3DeSS0QfO

– WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 15, 2021

Despite having been made public on several occasions to refute the tabloids that vibrated with sensational assumptions and “Facebook Ultimates”, the damage to the WhatsApp platform’s reputation was severe. Now WhatsApp has taken a stand.

Recognizing that the disinformation surrounding the possible changes was massive, the platform states the following. “No one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8 and we will postpone business plans until after May. “, can be read in the Twitter post above. The explanation goes on in two tweets on this social network.

We will make sure users have plenty of time to review and understand the terms. Rest assured we never planned to delete any accounts based on this and will not do so in the future.

– WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 15, 2021

We will do everything possible to give users enough time to review and understand the terms. We guarantee that we never plan to delete user accounts, nor will we do so in the future, ” can be read in the second tweet.

The “Facebook ultimatum”, the fake news that shook WhatsApp

The instant communications platform, through its official blog, goes further in refuting the fake news that has circulated profusely in recent days. Something that left the company in a panic and containment mode, and that polarized many users.

WhatsApp reiterates that the changes – now postponed indefinitely – were intended to give new options to users and promote transparency on the platform in the latest effort to integrate into Facebook’s infrastructure. At the same time, they wanted to give more tools to companies that wanted to use WhatsApp to interact with customers.

For these purposes, there would be data to be exchanged with the Facebook group of companies. On the other hand, as we announced today at 4gnews, this exchange and collection of information from users has already taken place since 2016. Now, it would be supported by the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy – not applicable in any way to users in the European Union.

The WhatsApp blog post is clear when it states that “This update does not expand our ability to share information with Facebook. ”

No one will have their WhatsApp account deleted – the guarantee

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The publication emphasizes this point several times. No one will have their WhatsApp account suspended or deleted on February 8. This is the company’s response to complaints and popular pressure that has been felt with particular emphasis in recent days.

Furthermore, the platform promises to give more time to all users to clarify any and all questions regarding the WhatsApp Terms of Service. To let them know exactly what privacy on WhatsApp consists of.

Already in a more perpetual tone – so that there is no doubt about its position – WhatsApp will combat the misinformation launched around the strategic decision now postponed indefinitely. It also promises to be clearer in any future changes.

The new options for companies remain in the WhatsApp plans and are expected to be implemented on May 15. The other changes to the Privacy Policy have no set date.

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