Call me naive, and 13-year-olds are largely stupid, but I don't know a single young lad who when asked by the internet 'Are you old enough to use this service?' answers 'No, please redirect me to the soft play area'.
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If you live in any other country except those in the European Region, you must be at least 13 years old to use WhatsApp.
The company says the update will better inform users about how the company uses the information consumers choose to share. It said on Tuesday it still wanted to share the data at some point. Additionally, the messaging service has made a FAQ sheet available for its upcoming data download tool, detailing how it will work. The blog post also points to safety tips on the service, such as the ability to block unwanted users, and delete and report spam.