According to a WhatsApp spokesperson, “No accounts will be deleted on May 15 because of this update and no one in India will lose functionality of WhatsApp either. We will follow up with reminders to people over the next several weeks.”
According to WhatsApp, it has displayed a notification in WhatsApp providing more information about the update, therefore, giving everyone enough time to review hence it will continue to do so to 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.
When the reminder becomes persistent to the WhatsApp users they will encounter limited functionality on WhatsApp until they accept the updates. However, this will not happen to all users at the same time.
So, what will happen if you do not accept the WhatsApp policy?
According to WhatsApp, when you don’t accept its policy it won’t let you access your chat list, but you can still answer the incoming phone and video calls. Also, you will still be able to tap on the notification to read or respond to a message or call back a missed phone or video call if you have the notifications enabled.
After a short while, you won’t be able to receive incoming calls or notifications and WhatsApp will stop sending messages and calls to your phone.
It should be noted that WhatsApp will not delete your account if you don’t accept the new update but its existing policy related to inactive users will apply. Also to turn over one’s mind the social media app has also warned the users and asked them to reconsider their decision of deleting their account on Android, iPhone, or KaiOS. According to WhatsApp deleting the account is something that can’t reverse as it erases the user’s message history, removes them from all of their WhatsApp groups, and deletes their WhatsApp backups.
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