UPDATE: WhatsApp has clarified what will happen if users continue to not accept the new privacy terms. The updated story continues below.
It later pushed back the deadline for accepting the new terms to May 15 and re-worded the changes. Now, WhatsApp has backtracked again and removed the deadline entirely.
WhatsApp won't suspend any accounts next week
Importantly, it means WhatsApp won’t start deleting accounts that don’t accept the new privacy terms by the end of next week. The messaging platform had previously threatened to suspend any accounts that hadn’t accepted the terms by May 15, before eventually deleting them.
In a short statement, a WhatsApp spokesperson said the following:
- Initially, you won’t be able to access your chat list, but you can still answer incoming phone and video calls. If you have notifications enabled, you can tap on them to read or respond to a message or call back a missed phone or video call.
- After a few weeks, you won’t be able to receive incoming calls or notifications. WhatsApp will stop sending messages and calls to your phone.