20 Feb 2021: WhatsApp will implement updated policy despite global outrage
The blog makes it clear that users will eventually have to agree to the terms in order to continue using the messaging service.
Status updates: WhatsApp will place information banner in chats list explaining changes
WhatsApp's revised strategy involves putting a persistent banner at the top of the chats list. It is also using the Status feature within the app to share its values and updates directly within WhatsApp.
The banner will let people read the information at their own pace. Eventually WhatsApp will remind people to accept the updates.
Quick recap: Updated policy will let WhatsApp collect, share critical user data
Notably, the Indian government raised concerns about the policy and issued a notice to Facebook, while also promoting alternative messaging services such as Koo and Sandes instead.
No clarification: WhatsApp blog post doesn't attempt to address privacy concerns
WhatsApp admits it could have handled the situation better, but the blog post makes no attempt to address any concerns raised regarding the new policies.
Details: WhatsApp admits it lost users to other messaging services
WhatsApp also addressed the fact that people have taken to other messaging apps such as Signal and Telegram.
The blog claims that competitors try to "get away with" claiming they can't read people's messages. It says that a platform without end-to-end encryption has the ability to read chats. It argues that WhatsApp will try to be reliable even if that requires collecting some data.
WhatsApp Business: Users compelled to accept the changes to continue using WhatsApp
The blog explains that WhatsApp makes money by charging businesses to interact with customers. It says the changes will only affect users interacting with business accounts on the platform.
However, there is no option provided for users to reject the changes and still use the service. That's important since WhatsApp's parent company Facebook has a questionable record handling user data.