It now appears that it was only part of the story.
In its statement issued last week, WhatsApp had said that “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”.
However, as they say, the devil is in the detail.
What the Facebook-owned messaging platform did not specifically clarify in its statement was what would happen if users ignored the reminders that will be sent to them over the next several weeks.
If a user chooses to ignore the persistent reminders even after the app’s functionality is partly limited, then after a few weeks they will not be able to receive incoming calls or notifications and WhatsApp will stop sending messages and calls to their phone.
Since this crucial information was not immediately clear from WhatsApp’s statement last week, Entrackr had reached out to WhatsApp to understand whether Indian users will also see their app’s functionality limited.
A company spokesperson clarified to Entrackr that indeed, even for Indian users, the restrictions on WhatsApp’s functionality will apply.
The updates were also mandatory for all users to accept without which they couldn’t use the service.
However, despite multiple revisions to the deadline and WhatsApp’s assurances that the data of its users was safe, the proposed updates caused a privacy-related furore.