The company’s previous position earlier this year, when it stated that if users refused to comply with the data-sharing agreement and opt not to have their WhatsApp account details shared with Facebook, the accounts will be entirely unavailable.
“For the last several weeks we’ve displayed a notification in WhatsApp providing more information about the update. After giving everyone time to review, we’re continuing to remind those who haven’t had the chance to do so to review and accept. After a period of several weeks, the reminder people receive will eventually become persistent,” the WhatsApp FAQ page reads.
WhatsApp later confirmed that the accounts of these users would not be deleted. Then came another round of rumors, making many users’ privacy policies a nightmare.
WhatsApp will not switch off all of its features at once. It will give users regular warnings if they do not comply, after which they will be banned from using those functions. The WhatsApp chat list will be the first thing that the user will be unable to reach.
WhatsApp will, however, continue to allow users to respond to incoming phone and video calls. You can also tap on the alerts to read or respond to a message or to return a missed phone or video call if you’ve allowed them.