WhatsApp delays controversial privacy update

The Facebook-owned messaging service decided to push back an update to its privacy policy by three months amid widespread confusion over what the change actually means.

WhatsApp sent users a notification last month that drove rumors that it was going to give Facebook access to view messages and contact lists.

Despite being inaccurate, the rumors drove many users away from WhatsApp to other messaging services such as Signal.

“Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us and to so many who have helped spread facts and stop rumors,” the company wrote in a blog post. “We will continue to put everything we have into making WhatsApp the best way to communicate privately.”