With over one billion monthly active users, WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in the world. WhatsApp’s built-in payment option is available in both nations, in addition to talking. WhatsApp Payments is a feature that allows users to pay money to one another without having to go through an intermediary. There are already rumors that WhatsApp’s latest Android beta version includes clues that the service may ask users to authenticate their identity in the future if they want to use payments on the app.
According to XDA, there have been some changes in the newest beta build of WhatsApp for Android, which hint that the app may require users for identity verification documents to make payments. However, it’s unclear if these features will be available in a specific location because the company hasn’t made an official announcement about them yet; they’re still in development and may be deleted entirely in a future update.
At the time of publication, WhatsApp in India and Brazil did not ask users for document verification; instead, it verifies users’ Indian phone numbers for the UPI-based service. According to the study, when it comes to ascertaining debit or credit cards, the company takes a different strategy in Brazil.
While this was going on, XDA discovered four strings labeled “Your identity could not be validated. “Try uploading the documents again” and “Verify your identification to continue making payments on Whatsapp” are also suggestions. According to the report, other strings called “WhatsApp Support” were found in the current beta of WhatsApp for Android.
However, the report suggests that WhatsApp may be looking to expand its payments service outside India and Brazil, where users are not currently required to verify their identity. Alternatively, the verification may be restricted to WhatsApp Pay for business users in those countries only. Official announcements about the move have not yet been made by the company, and it may be some time before it does so, given that it appears to be under development at the moment.