The Centre also argued that WhatsApp should stop sending the notifications to a user and claimed that the messaging platform’s actions were against “the very grain of prima facie opinion of the Competition Commission of India’s order” passed on March 24.
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 also 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.