A lot of it is just miscommunication, I would say. As mentioned earlier, to offer a better user experience WhatsApp always shared some amount of user data with Facebook and its subsidiaries. This is not just for WhatsApp but for any social media applications. The data sharing information was the key reason behind the massive criticism. This also led many users to opt out of the platform and join rivals like Signal and Telegram. Soon after, WhatsApp clarified that the update “does not expand” its ability “to share data with Facebook.” WhatsApp confirmed that it couldn’t see the shared location of users and didn’t share their contacts with Facebook.
WhatsApp has extended the deadline from February to May. Initially, the messaging platform set the policy to accept deadline date to February 8, 2021. It later, considering the controversy around the updated policy, extended the deadline to May 15.