This is second such clarification issued by WhatsApp as it had earlier stated that the update would only affect business accounts.
We want to address some rumors and be 100% clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption. pic.twitter.com/6qDnzQ98MP— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021
"We want to be clear that the policy update does not effect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. Instead, dis update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp, which is optional, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data," WhatsApp added.
The notification sent to both Android and iOS users is a requisite forcing them to agree to the messaging app's new privacy rules or else loose access to it, which will lead to their accounts getting deleted.
If they don't, they will no longer be able to access their WhatsApp accounts from February 8.