Facebook has owned the WhatsApp messaging platform since 2014 and it is somewhat normal for business practices to provide a way to make a profit from the initial investment of 19 billion dollars. The problem is that WhatsApp is a service that has built its notoriety precisely on the promise of enviable security and protection of the privacy of its users, above all.
Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg’s company has decided to exploit the success of WhatsApp by forcing users to consent to the transfer of data collected after using the mobile application directly to Facebook. Those who do not agree to these practices will no longer be able to use WhatsApp, they were to lose access to the services of the messaging platform starting with February 8, 2021. Following the scandal, Facebook left this condition “in the air”, but without to formally accept any concession.
According to WhatsApp, users do not agree with the new set of terms and conditions until May 15 will face the following situation: “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 application. ”
The mentioned interval is of a few weeks, it remains to be seen what will happen to their accounts. Facebook will probably treat “non-compliant” accounts as inactive, as they risk being deleted from the platform after the expiration of a grace period of 120 days.
Robert J. Smith is still early into his career as tech reporter but has already had his work published in many major publications including JoyStiq and Android Authority. In regards to academics, Robert earned a degree in business from Fordham University. Robert has passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.