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WHATSAPP SCRAPS ITS MAY 15 DEADLINE FOR USERS TO ACCEPT ITS NEW POLICY UPDATE

Highlights
• Talking to PTI, a spokesperson for WhatsApp said no accounts will be deleted on May 15 for not accepting the policy update
• WhatsApp had previously stated that, the key updates include more information about its service and how it processes user data

Online messaging platform WhatsApp has decided to scrap its May 15 deadline for users to accept its new privacy policy update, which has been creating controversy ever since it was announced. WhatsApp said not accepting the terms will not lead to deletion of accounts.
Talking to PTI, a spokesperson for WhatsApp said no accounts will be deleted on May 15 for not accepting the policy update.
He said “No accounts will be deleted on May 15 because of this update and no one in India will lose functionality of WhatsApp either. We will follow up with reminders to people over the next several weeks.”
The spokesperson further said while “majority of users who have received the new terms of service have accepted them”, some people have not had the chance to do so yet.
WhatsApp had previously stated that, the key updates include more information about its service and how it processes user data.
Talking about the controversy, WhatsApp spokesperson said the messaging platform has spent the last few months working to “clear up confusion and misinformation”.
The spokesperson added “As a reminder, this update does not impact the privacy of personal messages for anyone. Our goal is to provide information about new options we are building that people will have, to message a business on WhatsApp, in the future.”

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