WhatsApp update: Can leave ‘group’ silently, hide ‘online’ status

WhatsApp update: Can leave ‘group’ silently, hide ‘online’ status

APP WhatsApp announced several new updates on Tuesday, involving the app’s privacy including users being able to read received messages without revealing whether they have been read or not.

The platform will also soon allow users to decide who can see when they are ‘online’ and prevent others from taking screenshots of users’ messages.

In fact, users can also after this leave the group silently without any writing indicating that the user has “left group” as reported by CNN .

Announcing the change on his Facebook and Instagram , CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company will “continue to build new ways to protect your messages and keep them as safe as face-to-face conversations.”

For the record, WhatsApp has more than 2 billion users worldwide and is owned by Facebook’s (FB) parent company Meta.

Many users have previously expressed concerns about WhatsApp ‘s shared privacy policy with parent company Facebook , which has a problematic reputation for protecting user data.

That concern has led many users to switch to Signal , another popular messaging platform that emphasizes the privacy of its users.

Facebook tried to dispel confusion about the policy, saying that its data-sharing practices are not new and do not “affect the way users communicate privately with friends or family.”

Now, two of the new features introduced on WhatsApp – which will let you choose who can see when you’re active, and leave groups silently – will start rolling out to all users this month.

The function of blocking screenshots, for now is still being tested and will be available later, according to WhatsApp .

source – Agency


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