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Beware, WhatsApp did not become paid: under the guise of the new WhatsApp policy, users are lured out of money



The team of the popular messenger WhatsApp yesterday, May 15, moved from “words to deeds” about their new rules for using the service. Meanwhile, intruders began to use the confusion of ordinary people about the situation.

This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to Igor Bederov, an expert at the SafeNet Engineering Center of the National Technological Initiative (NTI).

Users, mainly retirees, are sent messages that WhatsApp is becoming paid on May 15, in order to avoid this, they need to forward a message to 10 contacts. Each such SMS will cost 0.01 euros. The message explains the requirements as follows:

This way, we will see that you are an active user and your logo will turn blue and remain free … Otherwise, WhatsApp will activate the account. ”

Ironically, Facebook, which includes WhatsApp, used similar “intimidation” tactics against its users, hinting at the potential loss of free access to social networks if users did not give permission to collect data. This is how the Facebook and Instagram developers responded to the new privacy rules in the recent iOS 14.5 update.

As for WhatsApp, the access to the messenger has not become paid, and so far the company does not have such plans. Since yesterday, users have started receiving official notifications that cannot be dismissed, and the functionality of WhatsApp will be limited until you accept the new rules. These will not happen for all users at the same time.

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