First, the user will not be able to see the chat list and your access to it will be restricted, even though it’s a messaging app! If one has the notifications for the app-enabled, then having a gander at the messages or replying to them will be possible from there itself. And for the time being, you’ll be able to receive and answer WhatsApp videos and voice calls.
In the meantime, as a negative consequence of its questionable policies, WhatsApp is facing the heat with its users now looking out for an alternative messaging app that doesn’t use their data to such perilous levels. Between the points, the new policy was first about to come in place, and on May 15th, when it now has been introduced, Telegram and Signal have witnessed a whopping 1,200% growth. Telegram’s downloads increased 98% to more than 161 million, while Signal’s first-time downloads hiked 1,192% to 64.6 million between January to April 2021.
The IT ministry has issued a fresh notice to WhatsApp and has given seven days to the platform to respond. And if no response is received, the requisite legal action will be taken. This time, the government is angry, serious, and concerned. And while the messaging platform is on the mat for long, it just isn’t ready to budge and says it will not mend its ways in India, even though the European Union has not accepted the new policy. The Facebook-owned app continues to assure the users that it cannot gain access to their messages; and that it aims to provide information about new options that people will have, to message a business on WhatsApp in the future.
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