WhatsApp: so, limited functionality or not? What Facebook officially says

by Krish Karthik

For WhatsApp right now, it’s a step forward, a step back, a step forward, a step back. Initially, Facebook’s end-to-end encrypted messaging had planned to limit the functionality of WhatsApp among users who did not agree to the new privacy policy. Ultimately, the company went the other way. Clubic wanted to clarify this and obtain the official point of view of the firm.

*Features maintained for users who refuse the new T & Cs* WhatsApp’s response therefore came this week. And finally, the company does not intend, for the moment, to limit the functionality of the application for users who have not accepted the new general conditions that came into force on Saturday, May 15.After discussions that we imagine very well-argued with various authorities and experts in the protection of privacy, WhatsApp has finally come to a decision. ” We would like to point out that we will not limit the functionality of WhatsApp for those who have not yet accepted the update (of the privacy policy)” , officially told us the Facebook subsidiary platform on Tuesday evening.

However, WhatsApp does not intend to leave the refractory alone, without pointing the tip of its nose from time to time, if we dare say. “Instead, we will continue to remind users from time to time and let them accept the update, including when they choose to use relevant optional features.” In other words, WhatsApp is not ready to leave you alone when it comes to its new terms of service.

A letting go that could only be temporary

On paper therefore and if we follow the official statement of WhatsApp, users who wish to continue to enjoy all the features of the application without having to accept the new conditions can very well do so. And their account will obviously not be deleted. Yes okay. But will the truth of today be that of tomorrow? Nothing is less sure.On the WhatsApp FAQ, we can read that ” it is not planned for the moment that these reminders are persistent or limit the functionality of the application”. Regarding recalls, these are the ones we were talking about a little above.What we retain from this sentence, which therefore comes directly from the messaging system, is the time reference “ for the moment”.

Today, WhatsApp is unable to confirm whether the current situation will be the same in three months, six months or a year. One can imagine that if a substantial portion of users still have not accepted the new policy within a number of months, WhatsApp could once again reverse its decision.

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