The policy update has been postponed. A real admission of weakness.
The week had been difficult for WhatsApp which had decided, first of all, to play it transparent with press releases explaining its protection of privacy and encrypted messages. The strategy had not worked, and Signal continued to see its number of users grow , with a first position in the ranking of the most downloaded applications.
As an admission of weakness, WhatsApp resolved to say no: its new policy will not be implemented. Not yet, in any case. The controversial update may arrive in three months depending on the announced postponement. “We know there has been confusion and misinformation about this update, and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts,” his team said.
Give up, rather than procrastinate
The update affected all WhatsApp users. Each country where messaging is present is affected, and some of them have reacted strongly. This is the case with Turkey. The country’s competition authority has opened an investigation into Facebook and WhatsApp and is asking companies to stop this information-sharing effort altogether.
Giving up its implementation rather than just procrastinating, Facebook could be led to make the decision quickly. The current suspicions of monopoly conduct of GAFA could motivate him even more. The wave of departure of users looking for alternatives to WhatsApp like Signal is not to be overlooked either.