WhatsApp to start "persistent" reminders

Sun Online Desk

16th May, 2021 12:45:58 PM printer

WhatsApp to start

Users yet to accept new terms and conditions for the messaging platform WhatsApp will start to get "persistent" reminders after the May 15 deadline.

The changes relate primarily to the way businesses interact with customers.

Most of the app's two billion users had already accepted, the company said.

Those who do not will start to lose functionality - beginning with being unable to see chat lists and ending with not receiving video calls and messages - but no accounts will be deleted.

Following the January announcement, users threatened to boycott the app and rival platforms such as Telegram and Signal saw record downloads.

But WhatsApp said it had been a victim of "misinformation".

In an earlier post, WhatsApp said the data it shared with other Facebook companies included:

-Phone number and other information provided on registration (such as name)

-information about users' phone, including make, model, and mobile company

-IP address, which indicates the location of users' internet connection

-any payments and financial transactions made over WhatsApp

But this does not apply in Europe and the UK, where different privacy laws exist.