“We wish to reinforce that this update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook. Our aim is to provide transparency and new options available to engage with businesses so they can serve their customers and grow. WhatsApp will always protect personal messages with end-to-end encryption so that neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can see them. We are working to address misinformation and remain available to answer any questions," a WhatsApp spokesperson said in a statement.
WhatsApp had initially said it would roll out the new policy on February 8 and if you had not accepted it by then, you would be unable to use the app. After the backlash, WhatsApp has pushed the date of the roll out to May this year, giving itself time to explain its stance and time to users to understand what's going on.
The Indian government has not only asked WhatsApp to withdraw the new policy but also asked the platform to respond to some critical queries on data policy and privacy within a week's time.