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WhatsApp is delaying a new policy change after critics claimed the update would have turned over user data to Facebook

WhatsApp is delaying a new policy change after critics claimed the update would have turned over user data to Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Washington DC on Oct. 23, 2019. Facebook owns WhatsApp.
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WhatsApp is delaying by three months the rollout of a new policy that some critics said would turn over user data to Facebook.




Users originally were set to opt in or out of the policy change on February 8 and will now not have to until May 15.




WhatsApp said the delay is due to "confusion" and "misinformation" surrounding the new policy, which it said will "not expand our ability to share data with Facebook."




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WhatsApp is delaying its privacy policy changes that critics said would have forced users to share personal data with Facebook, according to a company blog post published Friday.The delay was due to the "confusion" and "misinformation" surrounding the new policy, according to the company. It said the new policy update only includes new options for people to manage their business on WhatsApp and "does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook."The date of the new policy rollout will be pushed back until May 15, according to the blog post. WhatsApp also said no one's account will be suspended or deleted on February 8, when the policy was originally scheduled to go into effect.The announcement comes two weeks after WhatsApp announced the new change, drawing criticism from the messaging app's users who were concerned about their data privacy. After the new policy was announced, many users began flocking to alternative messaging platforms, such as the encrypted chat app Signal. Tesla CEO Elon Musk even tweeted to "use signal."
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