There was immediate backlash from users, with many turning to the Signal messaging app, which claims to be a more secure and less intrusive alternative to WhatsApp. The response instantly rocketed Signal to the top of the Google Play Store charts.
Accepting the new data sharing terms grants all Facebook subsidiaries (including companies like Oculus and Instagram) the permission to access and use your WhatsApp chat metadata, WhatsApp pay transaction details, account details, your location, and details about your device and network.
WhatsApp confirmed in a statement to Android Central that it would not be immediately terminating the accounts of users who don’t accept the new policy. However, they will no longer be able to access their chat list. The statement explained that if the user had not accepted the policy after several weeks of limited functionality, the app will disable notifications and call functionality for the account.