It said in a statement, “Given recent discussions with various authorities and privacy experts, we want to make clear that we currently have no plans to limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works for those who have not yet accepted the update. Instead, we will continue to remind users from time to time about the update as well as when people choose to use relevant optional features, like communicating with a business that is receiving support from Facebook.”
Many users took that as WhatsApp forcing users to share more data with Facebook, and this caused a backlash that made the company postpone the policy’s rollout. Due to “confusion and misinformation” around the updated policy, WhatsApp decided to re-introduce it in February to give people more time to review the changes. They did this by displaying a banner within the app with more information.