The new policy was to come into effect from February. But WhatsApp delayed it after criticism. It has now put on hold the new policy till May 15. Users had flagged concerns over the new policy as they expressed fear that their data could be compromised and used for commercial purposes. WhatsApp even was sending alerts to users asking to mandate it. The company had said that accounts will be deleted from the platform if a user declines to accept the terms and conditions related to the new policy once it is implemented. Reports say that the new rules were aimed at sharing commercial user data with parent Facebook.
WhatsApp also issued a statement to clear the air. It said that the policy will not affect the way an individual chats. It said that messages on the platform are completely secure and that the new policy is related to businesses only. According to the Facebook-owned app, the policy seeks to bring more transparency to the businesses. WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging platforms in the world. It has over 175 million business accounts. Zuckerberg said that he wants to make it easier for businesses to transact using the app by adding new tools and creating friendly infrastructure.