In a series of tweets, the company confirmed that it is pushing back the date from February 8, 2021, to until May, for now.
"Thank you to everyone who's reached out. We're still working to counter any confusion by communicating directly with WhatsApp users," the company tweeted late on Friday.
"No one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8, and we'll be moving back our business plans until after May," it added.
WhatsApp also published a blog with "Giving More Time For Our Recent Update" title where it claimed that it would be giving everyone more time to understand these changes.
"We've heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update. There's been a lot of misinformation causing concern, and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts," the company wrote.
"WhatsApp was built on a simple idea: what you share with your friends and family stays between you. This means we will always protect your personal conversations with end-to-end encryption so that neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can see these private messages. It's why we don't keep logs of who everyone's messaging or calling. We also can't see your shared location, and we don't share your contacts with Facebook," it added.
After explaining its reservations, the company added, "We're now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8."
"We're also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security work on
WhatsApp. We'll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15."