- If you do not accept the new policy by then, WhatsApp will not delete your account.
- But your WhatsApp account will start losing functionality starting May 15.
A lot of people mistook the alert as a possibility that WhatsApp or Facebook may soon see the content users share with family and friends. There were memes also being shared around where people assumed that anything and everything discussed on WhatsApp is being seen by the company employees, which was an inaccurate assumption.
For those unaware, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Law & Justice, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology Minister of India, in February revealed that there are over 53 crores of WhatsApp users in India. This means that WhatsApp is among the most used messaging apps in India and the closest rival was YouTube that had 44.8 crore users. Considering the massive user base, it would have always been hard for WhatsApp to implement a big change like the one we are discussing here.
One of the biggest mistakes by Facebook that we feel was announcing the new update as an in-app alert which should have been first communicated to users and explained. After all, it's the responsibility of Facebook and WhatsApp to explain these updates clearly.
What is not changing after May 15? For regular WhatsApp users, the new update doesn't mean anything. There is end-to-end encryption for chats and calls so that the personal conversation will remain private.