WhatsApp postpones Feb 8 deadline to draw back its users

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After much uproar and criticism over its user privacy policy update, WhatsApp has announced to delay its planned privacy update.

In order to give users more time to review the policy and accept the terms of the proposed update, WhatsApp has decided to delay the privacy update.

WhatsApp has cancelled its February 8 deadline for rolling out the privacy update of its users that involved sharing of data with Facebook.

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In a blog post it cleared the air, “WhatsApp was built on a simple idea: what you share with your friends and family stays between you. This means we will always protect your personal conversations with end-to-end encryption so that neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can see these private messages. It’s why we don’t keep logs of who everyone’s messaging or calling. We also can’t see your shared location and we don’t share your contacts with Facebook.”

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In a major boost to its revenue collection, Facebook had acquired WhatsApp and Instagram. Sooner it began integrating status updates, photos and other data shared on one platform with another.

The move comes at a time when the privacy policy update announcement saw a huge influx of users migrating to Signal and other messaging apps, leaving WhatsApp.