Quickly and almost simultaneously, users around the world began to question WhatsApp's intention.
WhatsApp emphasized that its platform features end-to-end encryption, meaning neither it nor Facebook can see users' messages. It also doesn't keep logs of who users are calling or messaging. WhatsApp said it can't see a person's shared location and that it doesn't share user's contacts with Facebook.
But no matter how hard WhatsApp and Facebook tried to explain themselves, people don't seem to care.
Users of WhatsApp all around the world began a mass exodus, and went to alternatives like Signal and Telegram..
Even Microsoft takes this moment as an advantage to troll WhatsApp, and promote its Skype product.
WhatsApp's parent Facebook is already having a tainted reputation regarding preserving users' privacy.
And this confusion is making users to trust Facebook less, surging competitors.
"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," WhatsApp said.
By delaying the roll out, WhatsApp is buying an extra time to make an extra effort to educate people about the app’s privacy and security practices.
However, it should be noted that WhatsApp has already shared some user data with Facebook.
In this update, the reference to that is no longer available. And with the update, WhatsApp made it clear that it is sharing user data with other Facebook companies "to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services and their offerings."
But WhatsApp suggests that the update doesn't change its data sharing practices.
"The update does not change WhatsApp's data sharing practices with Facebook and does not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family wherever they are in the world," a WhatsApp spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the company remains "deeply committed to protecting people's privacy."
But regardless, the only easy way to end this issue, is by again making the data sharing feature with Facebook optional.