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WhatsApp calls etc may not work after May 15 for users not accepting new policy, so use these apps

The Facebook-owned messaging app has been sending reminders to users to accept the new privacy policy.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | May 12, 2021 | Updated 19:13 IST

Highlights

  • Whatsapp is set to roll out its new privacy policy on May 15.
  • Facebook clarified that it would not delete the accounts of users who do not accept the new privacy policy.
  • WhatsApp may not delete your account but will limit some basic features.

Whatsapp is set to roll out its new privacy policy on May 15. The Facebook-owned messaging app has been sending reminders to users to accept the new privacy policy, but has clarified that it would not delete the accounts of users who do not accept the new privacy policy. However, it does not seem as simple as it sounds. WhatsApp may not delete your account, but will limit some basic features.

WhatsApp had first informed users about the new privacy policy through an in-app notification in January. The company was first supposed to launch the new terms of service on February 8 but considering the surrounding ambiguity around it, the company postponed the date to May 15. Now, as per the latest updates, WhatsApp will not delete the account but take away some basic features. The Facebook-owned messaging app has used a subtle method to make the users accept the new privacy policy. On one hand, it claims to not do anything drastic like removing the account, but on the other, it will make the app completely useless if users don't accept the new privacy policy.

Some of the basic features that users will lose if they don't accept the new privacy policy after persistent reminders include the inability to receive incoming calls or notifications and WhatsApp will stop sending messages and calls to your phone. After a few more weeks, users will not be able to receive incoming calls or notifications and WhatsApp will stop sending messages and calls to your phone.

However, if you don't want to accept WhatsApp's new privacy policy, you can migrate to the following apps.

Signal: It is a messaging app with a focus on privacy. It was founded by former WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton. The messaging app is end-to-end encrypted just like WhatsApp.
The company claims that it does not collect any users data and does not spy on the users. It does not link any data to users' identity.

Telegram has been known as WhatsApp's competitor for the longest time. It is an open-source messaging app that is one of the most reliable alternatives to WhatsApp. It lets users add up to 100,000 to groups and lets users share files up to 1.5GB. It has some WhatsApp like features including self-destructing messages and end-to-end encryption.

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