The news started spreading on Twitter a few hours ago, after a first tweet from The Press Trust of India . Whether it is closing accounts or restricting features, all of WhatsApps pressure points on its users who would not sign its new contract have been removed.
A spokesperson for WhatsApp
has just confirmed this in a blog post . We can read: “You will still be able to accept updates after May 15th. For those who have not had opportunity to do so, their accounts will not be deleted and will not lose their functionality on 15th . We will continue to provide reminders to these users in WhatsApp in the coming weeks ”.
In recent weeks, the idea of a complete deletion of accounts had finally been dismissed by WhatsApp, but the application still explained that its users would no longer be able to write or receive messages.
WhatsApp is confident
This is the 2nd time that WhatsApp has extended the deadline. In January, the messaging extended from February 8 to May 15 the length of time for which users will be able to sign the new policies. “We know there has been confusion and misinformation about this update, and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts,” his team said at the time.
However, the context seems very different between these two episodes. In recent days, WhatsApp has been proud to have succeeded in bringing a large number of users into compliance (it must be said that the pressure was strong), which could explain why it is now allowing itself to benefit from this media stunt.
Its number of users rose to 3.45 billion monthly active users as of March 31, 2021, from 3.3 billion on December 31 and 3.21 billion on September 30. The exodus of hundreds of thousands of people to alternatives to WhatsApp like Signal and Telegram seems to confirm that these same users have not deleted WhatsApp for all that. Its number of users continues to grow.
“Weve spent the last months providing more info about our update to users around the world,” the WhatsApp spokesperson said. “Meanwhile, the majority of people who received it have accepted the update and WhatsApp continues to grow,” he added. By releasing ballast, WhatsApp manages to deviate a little from its rigid posture that it has adopted since February.