User of WhatsApp in Europe Has to Be At Least 16 Years Old

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As the public get closer to the launch of the new GDPR privacy standards of Europe, a number of companies are already releasing some changes that will affect users in Europe. Today, Sky News reported that WhatsApp has changed the age requirements of the users of the app in order to comply with the new regulations that will be imposed. Users who are living in Europe will have to be at least 16 years of age in order to use the said service.

WhatsApp will ask its users to accept new terms of service during the coming weeks. European users will be required to confirm that they are at least 16 years old. Those who are not living in Europe will still be tied to the current standard, which requires that users should be at least 13 years old. WhatsApp did not disclose how it will be verifying that the users are reporting their real age.

Facebook, the owner of WhatsApp, has also been announcing changes that are related to GDPR across its various platforms including Oculus, Instagram, and Facebook itself. In a blog post, WhatsApp also said that users across the globe would soon be able to download all of the information that its messaging service collects.