WhatsApp to Require Age Verification for Users

Here's why WhatsApp might be asking for your real birthday

Some people are scratching their heads as a new update may be on its way. According to reports, the new WhatsApp rule may soon force users to provide  age verification.

Before you panic, this is not a random alteration. There are several causes for this. First, some US states are enacting new rules requiring applications to verify a user’s age. Second, the European Union recently implemented new legislation targeted at protecting children online, and knowing how old their users are is an important part of that.

WhatsApp new rule

While WhatsApp used to have a simple checkbox where you agreed to be 16 or older (way back in 2018! ), this new mechanism ensures that everyone on the site is of legal age. The good news is that if you’ve previously gone through the checkbox process, you won’t have to input your birthday again.

So, what’s the big deal about age verification? Well, keeping children safe online is a primary priority. WhatsApp can take steps to prevent users from accessing unsuitable information or engaging with strangers based on their age. It’s similar to showing your ID at a movie; you must be of legal age for specific activities.

There’s also a secret benefit! Remember the allegations about WhatsApp messages being accessible from other apps? This age verification change may pave the way for such a feature. So, while the new age verification may appear to be a barrier at first, it is actually a move toward a safer and more comfortable WhatsApp experience for all users.

The specific timing of this update and how it will function have yet to be released, but one thing is certain: WhatsApp takes user safety seriously. Entering your birthday may appear to be a pain, but it is a small price to pay for a secure online environment, particularly for younger users.

 

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Nayab Khan

Nayab Khan is a freelance tech-writer whose specialty is absorbing the key data and articulating the most important points. She helps IT based organizations communicate their message clearly across multiple channels.

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