WhatsApp privacy policy to be made optional

After such a catastrophic start of this year, WhatsApp seems to have come up with a resolution in regards to its debatable privacy policy. The newly suggested WhatsApp privacy policy caused such a stir among the app’s 1 billion users as many opted to move to other messaging platforms to escape what they deemed as unfair.

With this privacy policy update, WhatsApp would share some information with its parent company, Facebook. The announcement alone caused WhatsApp to fall under heavy criticism since the year started.

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After numerous efforts to clarify what the new terms of service really meant and even having to postpone the update for the privacy policy, it looks like WhatsApp has resolved to make the new terms optional for users.

The latest reports from WABetaInfo suggest that users won’t be forced to accept the new privacy terms. One will get an option to reject the new policy and WhatsApp won’t limit the functionality. The popular messaging platform is working towards releasing a new update soon, which will make its new privacy terms optional for users.

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This sounds like great news for its users as they were initially left with no options to choose from. However, the report states that those who want to message business accounts on WhatsApp that use cloud providers will be required to review and accept the new terms of service.


Those who don’t interact with business accounts don’t need to worry about anything. The cited source has shared a screenshot, which shows that the app will present new terms and services when someone tries to message business accounts.

WABetaInfo has also asserted that the messaging app is planning to announce this “very soon” and it will be rolling out an update on WhatsApp beta for both Android and iOS users.

With social media users more aware of policies by companies and applications that they use today, many cannot risk putting their personal data at risk. With more people taking caution, companies could hopefully take the direction of becoming more transparent and holding themselves accountable in certain situations.

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