PerTechCrunch said this ‘short time’ will last only a few weeks. It is not clear what will happen to users after this time has elapsed. However, the FAQs page states that WhatsApp’s new policy to "inactive users" will apply after May 15.
According to WhatsApp’s policy on inactive accounts is that they are generally deleted after 120 days of inactivity.
In a softer approach, WhatsApp is trying to ask its users to sign off on its new policy which will only affect the data of messages being sent to business accounts.
Reportedly, this update is opposing the firm’s January’s pop-up notification, which appeared to offer users an ultimatum of either complying with the new policy or losing access to the app.
Its original deadline was February 8, but this was extended to May 15, following the backlash from users across the globe, especially in India. Several petitions have also been filed in the Supreme Court seeking clarity on the policy.