Facebook announced that it will gradually restrict features to WhatsApp users who have not accepted the new privacy rules. The company, however, changed its mind and withdrew from previous “threats”.
Given recent discussions with several government officials and privacy experts, we want to make it clear that we are not currently planning to limit WhatsApp jobs to those who have not yet accepted the new rules. Instead, we’ll remind users of it from time to time – including when some optional features are used.
Accepting the updated terms will not be necessary, but WhatsApp will remind you from time to time. However, Facebook notes that the alerts that appear will not be of a permanent nature and should not be a major nuisance to app users. It also confirms that “updating the rules does not affect privacy when it comes to personal messaging.”