During the hearing, representatives from WhatsApp and Facebook said that many of the issues brought up have no basis. They clarified that chat messages between family and friends will remain private and encrypted even under the new policy. What will be affected are the business chats with brands but those are optional and they will be clear as to how the data and information will be used.
Originally, the new policy was to have taken effect this February but because of the uproar and all the misinformation going around, WhatsApp decided to move the deadline to May. Users have until then to try and understand the new terms before deciding to accept it or to just move to another messaging platform.