The new privacy features coming on the Meta-owned platform will let users leave groups silently, hide their online status from selective contacts and more.
“New privacy features coming to WhatsApp: exit group chats without notifying everyone, control who can see when you’re online, and prevent screenshots on view once messages. We’ll keep building new ways to protect your messages and keep them as private and secure as face-to-face conversations,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO, Meta.
Exit Groups Silently
WhatsApp will now let users exit groups silently without notifying everyone. Only the admins of the group will be notified when a participant leaves the group. Rest of the members in the group will not receive any kind of alert. According to WhatsApp, the feature will start rolling out to all users across the world from this month.
Who Can See Your Online Status
Privacy has been one of the major concerns for WhatsApp, and with the upcoming features, the Meta-owned platform is leaving no stone unturned to protect content. There have been times when users wish that they can hide their online status on the platform in order to avoid awkwardness among contacts they do not wish to communicate with.
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For such times when you want to keep your online presence private, WhatsApp is introducing the ability to select who can and can’t see when you’re online.
Block Users From Taking A Screenshot Of ‘View Once’ Messages
WhatsApp had introduced ‘View Once’ previously which is already an incredibly popular way on the platform to share photos or media that don’t need to have a permanent digital record. As per the recent announcement, WhatsApp will now enable screenshot blocking for ‘View Once’ messages for an added layer of protection.
Over the years, WhatsApp has added new layers of privacy protections to give users multiple ways to secure their messages, including disappearing messages that self-destruct, end-to-end encrypted backups when you want to save your chat history, 2-step verification for added security, and the ability to block and report unwanted chats.