“In light of recent talks with different agencies and privacy experts, we want to be clear that we will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp operates for individuals who have not yet accepted the update,” a WhatsApp spokeswoman told The Verge in a statement. According to WhatsApp, this is the plan going forward indefinitely. On May 15, WhatsApp’s updated privacy rules went into effect.
Previously, the firm stated that anyone who did not agree to the revised rules would lose access to various WhatsApp functions, such as the chat list and audio and video calls. This not only irritated some users but also sparked anxiety among governments throughout the world. WhatsApp’s help page for the privacy changes has been amended to guarantee that “no one’s accounts will be erased or lost functionality.” According to the firm, “the majority of users who have viewed the update have accepted.”