WhatsApp may enable a function to "ban" users under 16

WhatsApp may enable a function to "ban" users under 16

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In the middle of last year, we already informed about the WhatsApp decision of increase the minimum age to be able to use the messenger service to 16 years, which only a few months later will come into force in the countries of the European Union.

Since that time, the company has requested new platform users to confirm if they were really of legal age before creating an account on WhatsApp. However, everything indicates that the firm intends to further tighten this restriction, and as they point out from WABetaInfo, they will soon be able to start ban all users under 16.

WhatsApp does not want minors using the application, and you can start banning them

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<p>Apparently, version 2.19.222 of the application hides in its code indications that refer to a new feature, destined to <strong>expel from the service all those users who do not meet the age requirements</strong>. It is unknown, that is, how to identify the age of each person in order to ban those who skip the rules, although it is likely that the app will request some type of verification in this regard.</p><div class='code-block code-block-4' style='margin: 8px auto; text-align: center; display: block; clear: both;'>
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In the conditions of use of WhatsApp it is clearly specified that All WhatsApp users residing in a country of the European Union They should have 16 years or more before you can open an account on the platform. On the other hand, in the rest of countries outside the EU, this minimum age is reduced to 13 years.

The feature in question does not appear to be operational., not even in version 2.19.222 beta of the app, whose deployment has recently begun through the iOS and Android application stores. However, its appearance in the app code suggests that sooner or later it could start to carry out its function, expelling all those users under 16 years of age.

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