That happens after May 15th
Now the company has explained how it will proceed afterwards. User accounts that do not agree to the new guidelines will not be blocked after May 15th. You can still use Whatsapp – but only to a very limited extent. “
The full functionality of WhatsApp will then no longer be available to you until you have given your consent,” says the updated FAQ. “You will receive calls and notifications for a short time, but you will not be able to read or send messages in the app.”
It is questionable, however, over what period of time the phrase “short time” extends. According to the US portal “Techcrunch”, which was the first to report on the new Whatsapp regulations, it means “a few weeks”. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the company expresses itself so vaguely in order to keep further doors open. It is unclear what will happen after the “short time” if one should still not agree to the new rules.
Whatsapp wants to slow down member flight
The hopes are clear: Anyone who does not agree to the new rules should be knocked softly by seeing that new messages have been received – but one is not able to read them or even answer them. Video calls are also still possible.
Swell:Whatsapp FAQ, Techcrunch
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