Now it looks like they’re backtracking again as per documents spotted by WABetaInfo. Users will not be required to accept the Terms of Service except when they want to message businesses or brands that are on the platform. You will have to agree to the terms if you’re planning to send inquiries or use the business’ WhatsApp customer service if they’re using Facebook’s cloud service. But if you’re content using the app for just messaging with friends and family, then you’re reportedly good to go.
There is no official confirmation yet that accepting the new Terms of Service will be optional and users will not be “punished” for refusing to do so. Let’s wait for a press release from WhatsApp for this and hopefully this “nightmare” will finally be over.