WhatsApp, and Facebook created a lively controversy by announcing a modification of the conditions of use, in particular with regard to personal data.
What happens if we do not accept the new WhatsApp conditions?
It’s still quite vague, but the experience will be greatly degraded
Indeed, if we are to believe a post on the WhatsApp FAQ page, it would seem that by refusing to accept these changes, your user experience is severely reduced.
WhatsApp says it has postponed the implementation of these new privacy rules to give users more time to fully understand the scope of these changes, but says if users do not agree to these new terms, then the application will be affected.
The text states in particular: “If you have not accepted the terms by then, WhatsApp will not delete your account. However, you won’t be able to take full advantage of WhatsApp until you do so. For a short time you will still be able to receive calls and notifications but you will not be able to read or send messages from the app.”
It is interesting to note the “for a short time”. This raises some questions. What will happen after the end of this period for users who still haven’t accepted?
Will the platform outright prevent using the app? Will the account be deleted? The future will tell. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of options anyway: either accept these new terms or find another app for all your instant messaging.
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life’s biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.