WhatsApp changes course: the messenger will continue to work for those who do not accept the new rules
For several months in a row, WhatsApp has stated that users who do not adopt the new rules before May 15 will eventually not be able to use all the features of the messenger, but now plans have changed. Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, has officially stated that users who do not accept the updated policy will not see any limited functionality on WhatsApp.
Given the recent discussions with various authorities and privacy experts, we want to make it clear that we will not be limiting the functionality of how WhatsApp works for those who have not yet accepted the update.
Given that the majority of users who saw the update accepted it, we will continue to display a notification on WhatsApp with additional information about the update and a reminder for those who were not able to do so to review and accept. We currently have no plans for these reminders to become permanent and limit the functionality of the app. There will also be other opportunities for those who did not accept the update, to do it right in the application. For example, when someone re-registers with WhatsApp or if someone wants to use the feature associated with this update for the first time.