Just in: Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and WhatsApp have delayed the rollout of new privacy tools after a large number of users complained. The date has been pushed back approximately three months, with new terms and tools now scheduled to take effect on May 15th.
- The company said, "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."
- The company also admitted that it needs to "do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp."
- On Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust lawsuit against Facebook's acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp was moved to a Washington D.C. federal judge. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg will oversee challenges from 48 attorneys general.
- The changes had opened Facebook's app to a potential lawsuit, a nationwide investigation, and an exodus of users to ostensibly private messenger services like Signal and Telegram.