WhatsApp has postponed the entry into force of its new terms of service until May 15. Consequences will occur beyond this date for people who do not accept them.null
The good news is that WhatsApp says no accounts will be deleted automatically. » If you don’t agree to [the new terms of service] by [May 15], WhatsApp won’t delete your account, » the company writes. On the other hand, other consequences are to be expected, which could push mobile users to give in and accept them. Indeed, the use of WhatsApp will be restricted.
“ You will only have limited access to WhatsApp features until you accept them, ” the messenger warns. Thus, calls can be received, just like notifications, but reading or sending messages from the application will no longer be possible. WhatsApp says these limits will apply » for a short time, » without specifying exactly what this covers.
“ For security reasons, to limit data retention and to protect the privacy of our users, WhatsApp accounts are typically deleted after 120 days of inactivity. By inactivity, we mean no connection to WhatsApp, ”we read. It would therefore be necessary to connect to WhatsApp from time to time, even if the application is partially unusable, to avoid this scenario.
“ Until May 15, you can export your chat history to Android or iPhone and download a report from your account, ” writes the platform. It is also possible to delete your account yourself, if you intend, for example, to migrate to Telegram or Signal . WhatsApp warns, however, that there is no going back if you request the deletion of the account.
The mobile application explains that it is not » able to undo this operation because it erases your message history, removes you from all your WhatsApp groups and deletes your WhatsApp backups « . Mobile users now have a little less than three months to take a stand: continue with WhatsApp by accepting its new rules of the game, or else leave