The app was supposed to render many of its essential features unusable for those who refused to update it.
WhatsApp emptied of its substance
As a reminder, refusing the new WhatsApp conditions of use, without necessarily rhyme with an account deactivation, was supposed to have several concrete consequences. Among them, the inability to access the main screen of the application and to consult its conversations. Recalcitrant users could thus have responded to requests from their contacts, without being able to initiate a conversation.
They could also have answered incoming phone and video calls. Time to “a few weeksOnly. After that, WhatsApp would have stopped sending messages, calls and notifications to the phone, the app’s help center noted at the time. In other words, WhatsApp would have been rendered unusable … the time for its users to reverse their decision, and accept the new rules of the service.
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