This announcement has already managed to have a great impact on WhatsApp. Many users moved from WhatsApp to Telegram, considering it as the most secure way of communication.
Although it’s not so. So the company’s decision to give itself extra three months is logical.
However, last week Facebook said it is not going to remove WhatsApp accounts if the terms aren’t accepted by May 15th. Thus, Facebook is going to allow using WhatsApp even if they don’t accept the new terms.
The most possible scenario is that Facebook will limit the functionality of WhatsApp if you don’t accept the new terms. Even in February, Facebook said it wouldn’t delete the WhatsApp accounts if they do not
manage to accept the new terms. It informed that users can accept them after that deadline. At that time. Facebook said users would be able to receive calls and notifications for a while before Facebook disabled the ability to read or send messages.
“For the last several weeks we’ve displayed a notification in WhatsApp providing more information about the update. After giving everyone time to review, we’re continuing to remind those who haven’t had the chance to do so to review and accept. After a period of several weeks, the reminder people receive will eventually become persistent.”
Also, Facebook adds:
“You won’t be able to access your chat list, but you can still answer incoming phone and video calls. If you have notifications enabled, you can tap on them to read or respond to a message or call back a missed phone or video call.
After a few weeks of limited functionality, you won’t be able to receive incoming calls or notifications and WhatsApp will stop sending messages and calls to your phone.”
Apart from this, Facebook reminds that users can export chat histories because WhatsApp inactivity could lead to account deletion. If users do not use their account for 120 days, the account will be removed.