Devil's in the details: WhatsApp controversy raises digital security concerns
WhatsApp canceled its 8 February deadline saying it would use the pause to clear up misinformation around privacy and security.
New terms sparked criticism as users outside Europe who do not accept the new conditions before 8 February will be cut off from the messaging app.
The surge in downloads comes after WhatsApp, which boasts over two billion users, introduced controversial changes to its privacy conditions that will allow it to share more data with its parent company Facebook.
Many of the app's users have raised concerns and questions about what the updated policy meant for their personal data with rumours circulating that the mobile application will be sharing the personal data of its users with its parent company, Facebook.
People who will be impacted are the ones who don't have iOS 9 or above on their iPhone or Android 4.0.3 or above on their Android device.
The addition of a 'carts' feature lets people combine multiple items into a single ordered set via WhatsApp instead of tending to transactions separately, according to the service.
The messaging service which is used by more than two billion people globally said it would enable people to choose whether to keep their messages or allow them to delete themselves after seven days.
According to the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, the matter was reported to the relevant authorities.
WhatsApp gifting became an attractive option for many cash strapped citizens due to its low joining fees and promises of a quick return within days.
The modus operandi is that people will be paid out by other members of the group when it is their turn on the list.
WhatsApp users in Brazil can use the encrypted mobile messaging service to send money or make purchases, Facebook said in a blog post.
With the country now under level 4 of the lockdown and government doing all it can to ensure that the spread of the novel coronavirus is contained, it has been struggling to address the high volumes of domestic abuse.
The party said members of the public could report acts of assault, humiliation or bribery by law-enforcement officials during the lockdown period.
Several people, including well-known personalities, have had their cell numbers used to solicit money from their contacts.
A new service called ChatBack allows South African car owners to renew their car licence on WhatsApp in a few simple steps.