In a new FAQ on the Facebook-owned company’s website, WhatsApp says hold-outs will not be able to send, read or reply to messages after May 15. The company says those users will be able to make and receive voice calls for a brief period, but that won’t last long.
Today’s new information offers instructions for users to export their chat history, but that’ll only seemingly be possible before May 18. Those who choose to delete their accounts are warned there’ll be no coming back, if they wish to keep their current messages.
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The post says: “If you’d like to delete your account on Android, iPhone, or KaiOS, we hope you reconsider. It is something we cannot reverse as it erases your message history, removes you from all of your WhatsApp groups, and deletes your WhatsApp backups.”
WhatsApp has faced criticism for the ‘our way or the highway’ attitude to the new policy. The company has rejected the fears over data-sharing with Facebook that seems to have riled up some of the user base. Millions have sought out alternative apps like Telegram and Signal over the controversy.
Last week, WhatsApp said: “Your acceptance of the new Terms of Service does not expand WhatsApp’s ability to share user data with its parent company Facebook.”