WhatsApp has recently released new updates for Android (188.8.131.52 web release for Android) and iOS (2.20.130 on the App Store). These updates are compatible today with a new feature that will help WhatsApp to announce specific information.
Let’s discover everything below!
|Name of the feature?||New Terms of Service|
|Availability?||February 8, 2021|
|I’ve the same version but I don’t see this news, why?||The in-app announcement tool is active, but we don’t know when it will be used.|
|Notes:||WhatsApp can use the in-app announcement banner for many other things too, but they won’t be used for advertising purposes.|
We have talked about a new feature that, starting today, WhatsApp can use to send specific announcements to their users.
Starting today, WhatsApp can send in-app announcements to their users.
Who knows what they are going to announce! 😁
Note: I don't mean advertisements, I mean probably announcements about features, changes, news, information and similar.
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) December 2, 2020
Those announcements won’t be sent in the form of a chat, but they will appear as a particular in-app banner that can redirect to external websites or they can require a specific user action.
Today we can finally announce which is the first annoucement: new Terms of Service!
Below you can see a screenshot how an announcement will look like:
This announcement will appear when WhatsApp is releasing their new terms and it explains the main focus of the update:
- How WhatsApp processes your data.
- How businesses can use Facebook hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats (we showed some details in this article).
By tapping Agree, the user accepts the updated Terms of Service and he can continue to use the app, that will take effect on February 8, 2021 (note: this date may be subject to change). If you don’t agree the changes, you can delete your WhatsApp account within WhatsApp Settings.
Updated Terms of Service will be announced in the coming weeks.
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