The Facebook subsidiary has just announced that it will ultimately not restrict access to the application for those who do not want to accept the general conditions of use, or at least, for the moment.
WhatsApp is once again changing its mind. Encrypted messaging, after trying the hard way, will finally offer a little respite to the refractory. If it announced last April that users who do not want to accept its new T & Cs could no longer use all the features offered by WhatsApp, she finally backtracked. After May 15th, it will still be possible to receive, send messages and make calls. In a press release, she explains
“While the majority of users who received the new terms of service have accepted them, we take into account that some people have not yet had the chance to do so. No accounts will be deleted on May 15th due to this update and no one will lose WhatsApp functionality either. We will follow up with calls to people over the next few weeks. ”
However, it does not specify how much additional time will be granted to recalcitrant users.
But what does that change?
With press releases and publications on social networks, Facebook recalls the changes that will be effective as of May 15. Criticized, this update plans to facilitate exchanges between users and companies. By using Facebook tools, and in particular their servers, these give Mark Zuckerberg’s firm access to conversations between clients and professionals. They will then be used for advertising on the group’s various applications, such as Instagram, WhatsApp or Facebook. For personal conversations on the other hand, nothing changes. They will remain encrypted from end to end and no one, except the two interlocutors, will be able to read them. Facebook and WhatsApp don’t have access to it either.
Finally not the announced exodus
Following WhatsApp’s announcement last January, criticism was sharp against the Facebook group. Many users had therefore chosen to make a change of service, favoring Signal, promoted by Elon Musk on Twitter. However, WhatsApp explains that its users have not deserted its ranks en masse. It even announces significant growth in recent months, without giving the figures. As TechCrunch notes, on all of its applications, it has no less than 3.45 billion active users in March 2021, compared to 3.21 in September 2020.