But not all at the same time. If you haven’t accepted the new policy yet, you’ll start to see more pop-ups in WhatsApp describing the changes with a big green Accept button at the bottom. If you tap on it, WhatsApp will continue to share some of your account data with Facebook. If you’d rather disagree, you’ll be able to tap a back arrow in the top left corner of the overlay first. Over time, however, pop-ups will appear more frequently. Eventually, you won’t be able to click at all and the functionality of the app will start to degrade.
WhatsApp originally indicated in February that anyone who declined updates would immediately lose functionality. But the company has since chosen to let the wheels pull away from the car very gradually for several weeks before the app falls into a ditch and stops working altogether.
“Over the past few weeks, we’ve posted a notification in WhatsApp providing more information about the update,” the company said in a declaration. “After giving everyone time to review, we continue to remind those who haven’t had a chance to review and accept. After a period of several weeks, the reminder that people receive will eventually become persistent. “
The force of the backlash likely caught WhatsApp off guard, as it reminded users of an existing policy rather than creating a new one. Just days after WhatsApp first announced the changes on January 4, the Telegram messaging app mentionned it has gained tens of millions of users, and Signal boasted “unprecedented“growth. In an attempt to stop the bleeding, WhatsApp has delayed the full rollout of the new policies for months so that users have more time to learn more about the changes.