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WhatsApp to stop working on millions of smartphones

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From February 1, 2020, older operating systems on Apple and Android devices will no longer be supported.

Popular messaging service WhatsApp will soon stop working on millions of smartphones.

From February 1, older operating systems on Apple and Android devices will no longer be supported by the hugely-popular app.

iPhone users running on iOS 8 or earlier and Android customers with versions 2.3.7 and older will be locked out next month.

WhatsApp is set to impose stricter limits on how widely its users can share messages.

This comes after WhatsApp stopped working on all Windows Phone operating systems on December 31.

If users want to save their data before they are locked out of the app, they need to go to 'Group Info' and 'Export Chat'.

WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, who paid A$27 billion  (US$19 billion) for the messaging service in 2014.

In a blog post titled "A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking" published in March 2019, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote about his intention to integrate Instagram direct messages, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

"In a few years, I expect future versions of Messenger and WhatsApp to become the main ways people communicate on the Facebook network," Zuckerberg wrote.

"We're focused on making both of these apps faster, simpler, more private and more secure, including with end-to-end encryption."

Source: 9News

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