A rumor in WhatsApp states that the messenger will charge for sending messages "from tomorrow". According to the text, it is necessary to pass the chain to more than three groups to ensure that the program is "free for life". However, the message, which re-circulated on Tuesday (15), is false: the app available for Android and iPhone (iOS) phones remains completely free.
According to Google Trends, the Internet search monitoring tool, searches for the term "paid WhatsApp" are on the rise this week. However, this is not the first time such rumors circulate around the app. It is common, for example, to see fake messages attributed to the CEO of WhatsApp announcing that the service is no longer free.
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This time the rumor says this: "Confirmed … Tomorrow I will end the free messages, and will start charging for whatsapp at 0.37 cents. Resend this message to more than 3 groups, and get free for life. Stay tuned in. little ball, because it will go green, do and see. I sent ".
Sought by TechTudo, the WhatsApp staff confirmed that the message was false. The company advises users not to believe texts sent on behalf of the messenger team that contain:
- Instructions on how to repost or forward your content;
- Information on how to avoid suspension punishments when forwarding your content;
- Information about a possible WhatsApp or someone else's prize or reward.
The company also points out that the user does not have to pay for sending any messages. The app only uses the device's Internet connection to send and receive content. "As long as you have not exceeded your data limit or are connected to a Wi-Fi network, your carrier will not overcharge you for messages on WhatsApp," explains the company on the app's support page.
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