WhatsApp to Implement Privacy Policy Update Despite Backlash

Facebook Inc. (FB) owned online messaging platform WhatsApp will be implementing its controversial privacy policy which will allow the app to share limited users’ private data with Facebook and its group firms.

Under the privacy update also, users will be allowed to read it at their own pace additionally a banner will be displayed showing additional information.

Since WhatsApp announced this privacy update back in May, it was received with a global uproar with many terming the update as the end of privacy of user data on WhatsApp platform. Many started recommending Telegram and Signal as worthy alternatives to WhatsApp.

This made Facebook to delay rolling out the update taking time to explain that the update is aimed at allowing users to message with businesses and would not affect personal conversations.

India which is WhatsApp’s largest user base, Facebook’s executives in the country tabled questions from a parliamentary committee concerning the need of the privacy update. The technology ministry in India had also asked Facebook to drop the update.

In this latest announcement, WhatsApp says it will keep on reminding users to review and accept updates so as to keep on using the messaging platform.

“We’ve also included more information to try and address concerns we’re hearing,” added WhatsApp.

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