WhatsApp explained what will happen to users who do not agree with the new rules of services and the policy for processing user data until May 15.
If you cancel the new terms after May 15, then for several weeks you can still receive calls and notifications, but you will not be able to read or send messages from the application.
It is not yet clear what will happen after that; but WhatsApp has a new policy for deleting accounts that have been inactive for 120 days. This rule is likely to apply to accounts whose users do not agree with the new requirements.
WhatsApp has been sharing metadata with Facebook for years, and the only new information the messenger will now send is payment and transaction data to help Facebook better target ads for you across its various services.
Back in January, WhatsApp sparked a strong reaction after announcing that it would require users to agree to the new rules. Users began to switch to other services, including Telegram. Initially, the changes were supposed to take effect on February 8; but then the deadline for the adoption of the new rules was postponed until May 15.
Telegram now supports transferring history from WhatsApp and other messengers
A couple of days ago, the Telegram team accidentally launched and quickly pulled a significant update of the messenger for iOS. The official release of Telegram 7.4 for Android and iOS has now taken place.
In honor of the launch, the developers also boasted of another achievement. In January, 100 million new users began using the messenger.
The main innovation of Telegram 7.4 was a very useful feature – transferring history from other messengers. You can transfer messages, photos, videos and documents from other applications to Telegram – for example, WhatsApp, Line and KakaoTalk. This works with both private chats and groups.
To transfer a chat from WhatsApp for iOS, just open a page with information about a contact or group; then click “Export chat” and select Telegram from the “Share” menu. On Android devices, inside the WhatsApp chat, you must click “the three dots icon > More> Export Chat, then choose Telegram from the Share menu.
Telegram become the second most downloaded app in the US
As reported by The Telegraph; Telegram messenger is already ranked second in the ranking of the most downloaded applications in the United States. This happened after Twitter blocked the account of US President Donald Trump; and Apple and Google removed from their app stores the popular social network of his supporters Parler.
In less than a week, since January 6, Telegram messenger in the United States has been downloaded about 545 thousand times, that is, three times more than a week before. Experts note that the growth of Telegram’s popularity was also influenced by the new policy of another popular messenger, WhatsApp. On January 8, the personal data of WhatsApp users becomes available to all Facebook applications.
The founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov, confirmed that after the introduction of the new WhatsApp rules; there were noticeably more new users in Telegram.
In addition, the creator of Telegram urged to abandon the iPhone in favor of Android.