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WhatsApp has updated its terms and conditions section with the changes coming into effect from the 8th of February.

Users will now have to agree to the new terms and conditions or lose access to the messaging service.

This has seen many people joining other messaging apps like Telegram with Elon Musk tweeting that users should move to another app called Signal.

Musk's tweet created headaches for Signal as the service buckled under the pressure of new sign-ups.

But is the changes really that bad?

Carl spoke to Jan Vermeulen, the Editor-at-large at MyBroadband.co.za to get more insight about this move by WhatsApp.

The Flash Drive did reach out to Facebook and WhatsApp to give them an opportunity to clarify the changes but they were not available at the time of going to air.

Below is a statement from the company:

"As we announced in October, WhatsApp wants to make it easier for people to both make a purchase and get help from a business directly on WhatsApp. While most people use WhatsApp to chat with friends and family, increasingly people are reaching out to businesses as well. To further increase transparency, we updated the privacy policy to describe that going forward businesses can choose to receive secure hosting services from our parent company Facebook to help manage their communications with their customers on WhatsApp. Though of course, it remains up to the user whether or not they want to message a business on WhatsApp.

The update does not change WhatsApp’s data-sharing practices with Facebook and does not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family wherever they are in the world. WhatsApp remains deeply committed to protecting people's privacy. We are communicating directly with users through WhatsApp about these changes so they have time to review the new policy over the course of the next month."

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