A new WhatsApp update is reportedly on the way and details of its main changes are already making their way to the web.
After beta testing the new update on one million users, reports now suggest that the main change with the new update will be that users will be able to send payments securely via the app, with WhatsApp to be integrated as a payment method for Facebook Marketplace too.
Users can already send payments via Facebook Messenger, but the reports say that introducing a similar function to WhatsApp will help stop the spread of scams via the app, which often see users sending their bank details to strangers.
Another reported change – and one that users might be less enthusiastic about – is that the new Terms of Service allegedly allows WhatsApp to share information with Facebook and the other companies it owns.
WhatsApp was purchased by Facebook in 2014 and has long stated that it would not share user information with its parent company.
However, the new Terms of Service reportedly reads: “The Facebook Companies (which include WhatsApp) are a group of companies that are owned by Facebook. Other Facebook Companies provide services to WhatsApp so that we can operate and provide our Services.”
It adds: “When we share your personal information with other Facebook Companies, it will only be used to provide services to WhatsApp on our behalf in accordance with our instructions and terms or to help ensure the safety, security, and integrity of WhatsApp and other Facebook Company Products.”
“Nothing you share on WhatsApp, including your phone number, will be shown on Facebook or any of the Facebook Company Products, unless you choose to show it.”
NME has contacted a representative of WhatsApp for a response to the reports.
One change that won’t be appear in the new update, however, will be a “tone” feature. It had been rumoured that WhatsApp would introduce a function that would send an alert to another user if they fail to reply to a message, similar to the MSN Messenger “nudge”. It turns out that’s not true.