A message is being circulated online claiming that people will now have to pay to open WhatsApp as they have ended the free version of the App. The message also claims to be attributed to CEO of WhatsApp, ‘Jim Balsamic’.
Here’s the link to the above post.
NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found it to be baseless and false.
Moreover, in a blog, WhatsApp also clarified that the message in circulation is a HOAX.
The message started circulation in the wake of the recent privacy policies introduced by the instant messaging platform, which triggered a huge flow of misinformation regarding the messaging tool on social media.
WhatsApp also took to Twitter and clarified that their latest policy change does not affect the privacy of messages with friends and family.
We want to address some rumors and be 100% clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption. pic.twitter.com/6qDnzQ98MP
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021
Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the message in circulation is false.
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