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WhatsApp ‘Logo Will Turn Blue’ Hoax

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Circulating message claims that smartphone instant messaging application WhatsApp is about to start charging users for service but that this charge can be avoided by sending the same message to ten people. 

Brief Analysis

The message is a hoax and should not be reposted. WhatsApp has not announced any plans to start charging users to send messages. The message is just one more incarnation in a long line of absurd hoaxes that have falsely claimed that a particular company or service would start charging users if they did not send on a message.

Example

From THURSDAY WE ARE ADVISED BY HOTMAIL, IT WAS SHOWN ON TV FOR DOUBT! Hello everyone, it seems that all the warnings were real, the use of WhatsApp cost money from summer 2015.

If you send this string to 10 different users on your list, your icon will be blue and will be free for you.

If you do not believe me see tomorrow at 6 pm they are ending WhatsApp and you have to pay to open it, this is by law

This message is to inform all of our users, our servers have recently been very congested, so we are asking you to help us solve this problem. We require our active users to forward this message to each of the people in your contact list to confirm our active users using WhatsApp, if you do not send this message to all your contacts WhatsApp will then start to charge you. Your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all your contacts.

Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp ) we have had an over usage of
user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the Whatsapp team”

WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only wayh that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 10 people you are chatting with. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo should turn blue✳ Whatsapp will have free calls the Internet and(832) 352-4253 will be free for life itself send this msg to 7 people you activate this symbol ♻send this to 10 people (including me)

To activate the new whatsapp calling for free.. Enjoy new version 4.0.0

 

Detailed Analysis

According to a warning message that is currently circulating via social media and instant messaging, smartphone cross platform messaging application WhatsApp is set to start charging its users for sending messages. The message claims that users can avoid this impending charge by sending the warning to ten other people to prove that they are a ‘frequent users’. Supposedly, the WhatsApp logo will turn blue after the ten people have received the message thereby indicating that the service will remain free for that user.  

However, the message is just a silly hoax. WhatsApp has not announced any plans to start charging its users for sending messages. And, even if it did, the company would certainly not announce its plans to start charging via a vague and poorly worded instant message or Facebook post. Nor would WhatsApp impose the absurd requirement that people had to prove they are frequent users by sending on a message to ten people.

The WhatsApp webpage notes:

Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.

And WhatsApp has now issued a statement via its website blog confirming that the message is a hoax.

It should be noted that WhatsApp does charge a nominal subscription fee of 99 cents per year after the first 12 months of use. But this is a once per year fee and the service does not charge per message sent.

In fact, the message is just one more lame incarnation in a long-running series of hoaxes that have falsely claimed that users must send on a message to avoid a service charge. As the following examples reveal, the same false claims have been targeted at users of other services.

Facebook version:

It’s official.. signal at 12;20 it even passed on tv. Facebook will start charging this summer.If you copy this on your wall your icon will turn blue and facebook will be free for you. Please pass this message if not your count will be deleted. p.s, this is serious the icon turns blue, So please put this on your wall.

MSN version:

Sorry to break the news, but looks like all of those warnings were real!!!!! 😮 !!! The use of MSN and e-mail will cost money from Summer 2009 onwards. If you Send this message to 18 different people from your list, your little MSN Icon will turn blue and that will make it free for you. If you don’t believe Me, go on to (www.msn.com) and see it yourself. Don’t forward this message, But copy and paste it so that people will actually read it!!!!!!

Any message that claims that users must send on a warning to a specified number of others to avoid service charges or the closure of their account is sure to be a hoax and should not be reposted.



Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

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Brett Christensen,
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