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WhatsApp is set to update its Terms of Service in 2021, forcing users to agree to new privacy rules or else lose access to the app, according to early testers of the popular messaging platform.
“By tapping Agree, you accept the new terms, which take effect on February 8, 2021,” the update states.
“After this date, you’ll need to accept the new terms to continue using WhatsApp or you can always delete your account.”
WhatsApp typically dies not comment on unreleased features but confirmed to The Independent that all users “must agree” to the new terms by 8 February 2021 if they want to continue using the app.
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. More details about what this will involve were outlined in an October blog post.
WhatsApp Users Must Accept Updated Terms of Service in 2021, or ‘Delete Account’: Report
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The new WhatsApp terms of service will reportedly come into effect on February 8 next year.
By Shayak Majumder | Updated: 3 December 2020 18:29 IST
The update announcement is followed by a disclaimer that says that the new terms will come into effect on February 8, 2021. Now comes the catch, as the disclaimer went on to read, “After this date, you’ll need to accept the new terms to continue using WhatsApp or you can always delete your account.” WABetaInfo also mentioned that the aforementioned date may be subject to change and that the updated terms of service are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
A WhatsApp spokesperson confirmed to The Independent that all users “must agree” to the new terms by February 8 next year if they wish to have continued access to the app. Gadgets 360 has reached out to the company for a confirmation. This report will be updated when we hear back.