The update will make it easier for people to make purchases and get help from businesses on the messaging platform, Will Cathcart, head of Whatsapp said in a tweet on Saturday
– Will Cathcart (@wcathcart) January 8, 2021
It remains up to the user whether or not they want to message a business on WhatsApp, Will Cathcart said.
“The update does not change WhatsApp’s data-sharing practices with Facebook and WhatsApp remains deeply committed to protecting people’s privacy,” Will Cathcart added.
The company is communicating directly with users through WhatsApp about the changes so that they can review the new policy over the next month.
It also stated that users will have to agree to the new terms and policy by February 8, 2021, in order to continue using WhatsApp’s service.
Rival platforms like Signal and Telegram are considering seeing a surge in downloads in the wake of the development. Tesla Chief Elon Musk had also joined in the conversation, asking people to leave WhatsApp.
Founder of Telegram
Meanwhile, Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov – in a blog – alleged that Facebook’s WhatsApp has switched to covert marketing and it has detected bots that spread inaccurate information about Telegram on social media.
Durov also sought to clarify “myths” that are allegedly being pushed by WhatsApp about Telegram that has over 500 million users globally.
He said “myths” that Telegram’s code is not open-source, that the company is Russian and that the platform is not encrypted – are all incorrect.
Signal app also joined the conversation with its series of tweets. One of the tweets said: “Look at what you’ve done” and carried a picture of the app showing as the number one free app on the app stores across markets like India, Germany, France, Austria, Finland, Hong Kong, and Switzerland.
In another tweet, it said: “There are no terms of service for a mother’s love”, taking a dig at the ongoing controversy. This kickstarted a spate of conversations and memes on the internet over WhatsApp’s alleged sharing of user information with Facebook.