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WhatsApp to get ahead with privacy update despite setbacks



FILE PHOTO: WhatsApp messaging application will be seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017. REUTERS / Thomas White / File Photo

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp said Thursday that it will continue with its controversial privacy update, but will allow users to read it “at their own pace” and will also display a banner that provides additional information.

In January, the messaging platform informed users that they had developed a new privacy policy, where it could share limited user data with Facebook and the group companies.

It triggered a global outcry and sent users to competing apps, including Telegram and Signal, causing WhatsApp to delay the launch of the new policy until May, and to clarify the update, was focused on letting users send messages to businesses and wanted not affect personal conversations.

In India, the messaging app̵

7;s largest user base, Facebook executives asked a parliamentary panel questions about the need for the changes, days after the country’s technology ministry asked the messaging platform to withdraw them.

In its latest blog bit.ly/3ufc9Eq, WhatsApp said it will start reminding users to review and accept updates to continue using the messaging platform.

“We have also included more information to try to address the concerns we hear,” he added.

WhatsApp’s announcement comes as parents Facebook moved to block all news content in Australia on Thursday, and face setbacks from publishers and politicians, causing an older British legislator to label the move as an attempt to bully a democracy.

Reporting by Shubham Kalia and Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru; Clip by Krishna Chandra Eluri


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