Leading messaging App WhatsApp may lose millions of subscribers over the ongoing row with its new policies. The messaging app which has over 2.5 billion subscribers has started its long announced restructuring that is expected to come into effect by February 8, this development however, has coalesced millions of users up in arms protesting against what they see as far more intrusions on their privacy that earlier thought.
The update comes in the form of an in-app notification, which users can choose to ignore until the date arrives. “By tapping Agree, you accept the new terms, which take effect on February 8, 2021,” the notification states. After this date, you’ll need to accept the new terms to continue using WhatsApp. You can also visit the Help Center if you would prefer to delete your account.”
Sources say the new update is designed to “offer integrations across the Facebook Company Products”, which also includes Instagram and Messenger. Data collected includes “battery level, signal strength, app version, browser information, mobile network, connection information (including phone number, mobile operator or ISP), language and time zone, IP address, device operations information, and identifiers (including identifiers unique to Facebook Company Products associated with the same device or account).”