It’s finally that time of the year folks. WhatsApp can’t postpone it anymore – the app will change the rules for good this Sunday, on May 15th.
After all, everyone knows Facebook’s struggles to keep their users’ info private, the company having been the subject of numerous scandals over the years.
In that case, it will be the user’s choice to abandon WhatsApp for Signal or Telegram. The app itself won’t throw out users, as we initially thought: “No one will have their accounts deleted or lose functionality of WhatsApp on May 15th because of this update.” Of course, that’s without taking into consideration another account policy. WhatsApp has always had the possibility to delete accounts after 120 days of inactivity.
WhatsApp limited functionality: Step by step
After a certain time (weeks, at most), you’ll find yourself without access to your chats. I know – that’s a serious after-effect. The only way you will be able to message or call someone is if they reach out to you first. And you catch the notification in time to tap and open the chat window!
More weeks have passed and you’re sticking to your guns? Then WhatsApp will make things harder for you. The app won’t notify you about messages or calls anymore. Basically, the app will become unusable. You will have to decide whether you can live without WhatsApp or if it’s time to “admit defeat”.
Signal, on the other hand, encrypts almost all data, collecting only your phone number. Plus, it’s backed by an NGO and supported by names like Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey.