Whatsapp: This happens if you don’t agree to the new terms of use by May 15th


Whatsapp: This happens if you don’t agree to the new terms of use by May 15th

See in the video: Why you should switch to Signal, Telegram or Threema.In times of global data octopus, privacy is a precious commodity. Services such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger collect data on the behavior of its users. Those who do not want their data to be passed on to the business customers of the Facebook group have only one choice: not to use the company’s products.
And there are alternatives: including the Signal messenger app. It comes from the Signal Foundation, which WhatsApp founder Brian Acton founded in 2018 with a capital of 50 million US dollars.  The  goal: to create a truly private messaging service. While WhatsApp was integrated into the parent company’s business principle after the takeover of Facebook, Signal has the advantage of being operated by a nonprofit foundation rather than a for-profit company. A change in the WhatsApp terms of use apparently served as food for thought for many users. © www.de24.news

 The  users must agree to an extended data exchange with the parent company Facebook, or they will be kicked out. Since then, the Signal app’s servers have been glowing. In the app stores, it has long since climbed to number one of the apps with the most downloads. Elon Musk is also responsible for the hype. © www.de24.news

 The  Tesla founder and recently the richest person in the world had sent his more than 40 million followers via Twitter the following appeal: “Use Signal”, uses Signal. Although Signal is not the only WhatsApp alternative, Musk is likely to have indirectly set the course for the successor.
Another beneficiary of the WhatsApp exodus is the free Telegram app developed by the Russian brothers Pavel and Nikolai Durov. But unlike Signal, end-to-end encryption, i.e. tap-proof transmission of data, is not preset and cannot be used for some functions. Interesting: © www.de24.news

 The  real competition for Signal surprisingly does not come from the USA, but from Switzerland.
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 The  Threema app takes a similar approach to Signal. © www.de24.news

 The  makers even made the source code public to address user privacy concerns.


On May 15th, the new Whatsapp Terms of Use come into effect. Those who do not agree by this deadline can still use the app – but only to a very limited extent.

Whatsapp updated its privacy policy a few weeks ago – and caused a worldwide outcry. Numerous users then looked around for alternatives, while competitors such as Telegram and Signal reported a flood of new registrations. To smooth things over, Whatsapp postponed the approval period for the new privacy policy from February 8th to May 15th. However, the real problem was only postponed.

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. “© www.de24.news

 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

With these changes, Whatsapp wants to prevent or at least slow down further member exodus. Instead of the “all or nothing” approach, the company belonging to Facebook is now trying a middle ground. © www.de24.news

 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

Also read:

– Why it’s time for all of us to finally delete Whatsapp

– Whatsapp: How Nazis misuse Messenger

– Expert on privacy: “I keep wondering why people still go along with it all”

– Interview with data protection officer Johannes Caspar: “Google has a huge surveillance machine”

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