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Following the ongoing criticism, WhatsApp voluntarily put the new policy on hold.

Following the ruckus, WhatsApp today confirmed that it is not implementing its new policy for now. This information was shared by WhatsApp before the court during the hearing of the plea against the CCI inquiry filed by WhatsApp. WhatsApp has made it clear in the High Court that it has voluntarily put the update on hold till the data protection bill is passed, and assured not to pressurize users to accept the policy. This year WhatsApp had implemented a policy under which WhatsApp users had to share their data with Facebook, but there was a ruckus on the internet regarding this policy, many people including government authorities criticized this policy.

In regards to the matter, MeitY also questioned regarding the new policy and stated that WhatsApp’s new privacy policy is a violation of provisions that existed in the Indian laws. However, in response to MEITY, The messaging app replied “it is our first duty to protect user’s privacy”. Although, after facing so much criticism, WhatsApp postponed its policy till May 15, from May 15, again a dispute arose about this policy. However, WhatsApp said that under its new policy, users only have to share their WhatsApp payment and transaction details, WhatsApp will not read messages from users chat, nor will it share personal information of users with Facebook, but even after explaining this, users begin leaving WhatsApp and started joining other messaging platforms, due to which WhatsApp had to suffer a lot, keeping all these things in view, WhatsApp has decided to postpone this policy for the time being.

Along with this, WhatsApp also made it clear in the court that users can use all the functions of WhatsApp without any hassle.Besides all this, to attract more users to the platform WhatsApp is going to introduced several amazing features to the app including Multi-device support, WhatsApp Read Later, Missed group calls, Disappearing mode, View Once feature, etc.

Riya

Riya is a technology enthusiast and an avid researcher. She writes about consumer tech, hacking, and technology consumer issues at TheDigitalHacker.
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