Is WhatsApp going to suspend accounts on February 8, 2021?
We will make sure users have plenty of time to review and understand the terms. Rest assured we never planned to delete any accounts based on this and will not do so in the future.
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 15, 2021
The delay received official confirmation in a WhatsApp blog post. The app will take this opportunity to “do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security work.” After that, users will be approached “gradually” and given time to “review the policy at their own pace.”
Although WhatsApp assures users that they won’t get a ban in relation to the new policy, it doesn’t directly address what the outcome is for those who refuse it. Although their accounts might not face deletion, some level of access could (hypothetically) be restricted. Essentially, that would serve as an indefinite suspension. We’ll aim to keep you updated as the situation develops.
In other WhatsApp news, users that receive a warning about a so-called “Argentina hack” shouldn’t be concerned.