Facebook’s WhatsApp application decided to postpone the introduction of new business-related features,
after a backlash from users about the company’s data-sharing practices.
The delay represents a setback to WhatsApp’s plan to bring in revenue by facilitating commercial exchanges
on the messaging app, which Facebook acquired for $ 19 billion in 2014 but is slow to make a profit.
On Friday, WhatsApp stated that users will no longer be able to review and agree to its updated terms by February
8th, otherwise their accounts will suspend or deleted by this date.
Privacy advocates have attacked WhatsApp’s changes, citing what they say is Facebook’s poor record of supporting
users’ interests when dealing with their data, and many suggesting that users move to other platforms.
The new privacy conditions for WhatsApp reserve the right to share user data, including the website and phone
number, with its parent company Facebook and its affiliated units such as Instagram and Messenger.
Privacy advocates denounced the move, citing Facebook’s history of handling its users’ data.