According to the new rules and policy of the European Union, teens in countries under the European Union will not be allowed to use Whatsapp if they are under the age of 16.
This development is coming in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica Scandal that Facebook, the mother company of Whatsapp was involved in.
These new rules will raise the age limits of EU users from 13 to 16, in accordance to the European Genaral Data Protection Regulation(EGDPR). Meanwhile the age limit in countries outside the EU remains at 13.
For teens under 13 to use these services, the Terms and Services of the app must be consent to by the parents on behalf of the teen. This is also applicable to the use of Facebook. To get a fully personalised Facebook account, the Parent must accept the Terms and Condition on behalf of the underage.
If you live in a country in the European Region, you must be at least 16 years old to use our Services or such greater age required in your country to register for or use our Services. If you live in any other country except those in the European Region, you must be at least 13 years old to use our Services or such greater age required in your country to register for or use our Services. In addition to being of the minimum required age to use our Services under applicable law, if you are not old enough to have authority to agree to our Terms in your country, your parent or guardian must agree to our Terms on your behalf.
According to Mashable, it is still unclear how the instant messaging company intends to achieve this, but with the rate of technological advancement, I’m pretty sure Facebook can know how old one is even without entering the date of birth. Don’t ask me how!