WhatsApp users need to accept ‘these terms’ or ‘delete account’

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Instant messaging platform WhatsApp is reportedly set to update its terms of service in 2021. According to WABetaInfo, the Twitter account that tracks upcoming changes and features in WhatsApp builds, the new terms of service will likely come into effect from February 8.
WABetaInfo has shared screenshots of the ‘Terms and Privacy Policy Updates’. These terms reportedly relate to how the world’s most popular messaging app processes user data and will primarily focus on two things. One, how WhatsApp processes your data; two, how businesses can use Facebook hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats.
The report claims that by tapping ‘Agree’, users will accept the updated Terms of Service and can continue to use the app. If they don’t agree to the changes, they can delete their WhatsApp account within WhatsApp Settings.
WhatsApp usually does not comment on speculated changes. However, the company reportedly confirmed to UK-based website ‘The Independent’ that all users “must agree” to the new terms by February 8, 2021 if they want to continue using the app.
According to The Independent report, “A spokesperson for the firm said the changes related to the way businesses will be able to operate on the platform and interact with users.”
WhatsApp first outlined these upcoming changes in a blog post in October this year. “We believe these additional experiences on WhatsApp meet a real need for many people and businesses whether they are around the corner or across the world. We’re excited about what lies ahead and we’ll gradually roll out these services in the months to come,” said the company’s blog post on WhatsApp Business account.
Recently, WhatsApp announced improvements to Wallpapers along with a new search feature for Stickers and an animated sticker pack. WhatsApp Wallpapers are seeing four major updates – custom chat wallpapers, additional doodle wallpapers, an updated stock wallpaper gallery, and the ability to set separate wallpapers for light and dark mode settings.

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