In a statement given to The Verge, a WhatsApp spokesperson said, “Given recent discussions with various authorities and privacy experts, we want to make clear that we will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works for those who have not yet accepted the update.”
This may change in the future, but for now, WhatsApp is working hard to maintain its user base and keep governments throughout the world pleased.
Additionally, the decision to not limit functionality for users who don’t accept the new privacy update might stem from the competition. Following the policy’s initial introduction in January, a large number of users began migrating to alternative platforms like Telegram and Signal.
Whatsapp says, users who’ve seen the policy prompt pop-up on their apps have already accepted the update and for those who haven’t, the platform will continue to push out prompts.