If users don’t accept the new privacy terms that pop up on their screens then they’ll lose access to their WhatsApp account from February 8.
This message has been appearing on WhatsApp on Apple and Android phones
Many people have seen the new WhatsApp terms popup already and clicked ‘agree’ without fully reading the terms.
The Facebook owned app is changing to help it integrate better with other services offered by the tech giant.
Over the past 24 hours WhatsApp users have received a notice which tells them of the changes with the option of clicking ‘agree’ or ‘not now’.
The small print reveals that not agreeing before February 8 this year will result in your account being deleted.
The move could be another step towards Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram eventually integratingCredit: Alamy Live News
The WhatsApp website now has a section that answers ‘What information does WhatsApp share with the Facebook Companies?’.
It states: “WhatsApp currently shares certain categories of information with Facebook Companies.
The updated policy also suggests that you may receive marketing material about Facebook Companies.
The move could be another step towards Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram eventually integrating as one.
WhatsApp – a quick history
Here’s what you need to know…
- WhatsApp was created in 2009 by computer programmers Brian Acton and Jan Koum – former employees of Yahoo
- It’s one of the most popular messaging services in the world
- Koum came up with the name WhatsApp because it sounded like “what’s up”
- After a number of tweaks the app was released with a messaging component in June 2009, with 250,000 active users
- It was originally free but switched to a paid service to avoid growing too fast. Then in 2016, it became free again for all users
- Facebook bought WhatsApp Inc in February 2014 for $19.3billion (£14.64bn)
- The app is particularly popular because all messages are encrypted during transit, shutting out snoopers
- As of 2020, WhatsApp has over 2billion users globally
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