DON’T ignore the WhatsApp pop-up asking you to accept new terms – or you’ll be blocked from sending texts.
The delayed deadline to agree to the controversial update falls next week, and hitting “agree” is mandatory if you want to keep using the app.
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Facebook’s chat app has been trying to get users to accept the new policy for months.
But on May 15, the grace period ends – and you’ll need to accept the terms or be locked out of the app.
Facebook rolled out the new terms in January through an in-app alert.
This is the new pop-up you’ll see very soon that explains things more clearly[/caption]
WhatsApp said it will “slowly ask” users to comply with the new terms “in order to have full functionality of WhatsApp” starting May 15.
“For a short time, these users will be able to receive calls and notifications, but will not be able to read or send messages from the app,” the firm wrote in the note.
The Sun understands that the note accurately reflects WhatsApp’s plans going forward.
The “short time” refers to a period of a few weeks, according to TechCrunch.
WhatsApp is embarking on a publicity campaign to convince you that its chat app is private and safe[/caption]
In the note, WhatsApp linked to a new FAQ page on its website and said its policy on inactive users will apply to those who do not accept the terms.
It follows a disastrous first attempt to push the new terms on users last month.
Users had expressed concern that the alterations to WhatsApp’s terms of service put their personal data at risk.
Some claimed that the new rules give Facebook permission to read your private messages. WhatsApp strongly denies the accusations.
The company has stressed that the update is focused on allowing users to message with businesses, and that it will not affect personal conversations, which remain protected by end-to-end encryption.
“This update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook,” WhatsApp said in a statement last month.
Facebook has been rolling out business tools on WhatsApp over the past year as it moves to boost revenue from the app.
Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19billion in 2014 and is still on the hunt for effective ways to make money off of it.
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