“We have responded to the Government of India’s letter and assured them that the privacy of users remains our highest priority,” WhatsApp said in a statement to the media. “We will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works in the coming weeks. Instead, we will continue to remind users from time to time about the update as well as when people choose to use relevant optional features, like communicating with a business that is receiving support from Facebook.”
WhatsApp said that it will continue to do this till the personal data protection law was implemented. The platform’s spokesperson also reiterated that the main aim of the new policies were to provide more information about interacting with business if needed.
However, after facing massive backlash and with millions of users moving to other messaging platforms such as Signal and Telegram, WhatsApp decided to defer the changes to May 15. The company said it will do more to clear misinformation about the policy.
On May 14, in an affidavit submitted to the Delhi High Court, WhatsApp had stated that the policy update was not mandatory and users had the option of deleting their account or not using it.