MeitY's stern letter was specific and highlighted serious privacy concerns
WhatsApp boilerplate response fails to grasp seriousness of government intervention
Reacting to the letter, WhatsApp said it is ready to address any misinformation about its updated policy and remains available to answer questions. In a statement to India Today, the messaging service claimed that users' personal messages are end-to-end encrypted and not visible to Facebook. It also added the new policy doesn't enhance Facebook's ability to use WhatsApp's data.
WhatsApp deferred policy update by three months to address concerns
WhatsApp's response to the MeitY's highly specific letter dodges concerns about data sharing, while repeating what the platform has already said in its Twitter posts so far. However, in the aftermath of global outrage over WhatsApp's unilateral policy changes, the company has deferred its implementation by three months. The Facebook-owned messaging service seems to believe buying time and "clarifying" things will contain the damage.
Signal receives a boost from users leaving WhatsApp
While WhatsApp's response to MeitY does not touch upon users being left with no choice but to accept the updated terms, other messaging services such as Signal have been garnering popularity among netizens. Signal, an open source, privacy-driven messaging app recently shot to the top spot on both Google Play Store and Apple App Store after it gained millions of users last week.