WhatsApp is making a small privacy-focused tweak to its messaging app, it announced on Tuesday. Meta ‘s globally ubiquitous messaging service says the changes are aimed at giving users more control over their experience and bringing “additional layers” to protect their private communications.
WhatsApp will offer an option for users to use the app privately without being visibly online, it’s calling it “online presence check” . The feature, which will be available to everyone this month, will allow WhatsApp users to choose which contacts can hide their online status. There is no limit to the list of people who can see your online status, and you can change people whenever you want. The company says the update will come to both desktop and mobile apps.
Whatsapp Is Looking For New Ways To Keep Messages Private And Secure
The company is also testing screenshot blocking for “view once” messages that disappear once opened . WhatsApp introduced a disappearing media option a year ago, telling users that at the time they wouldn’t know if the recipient saved the shared photos and videos as screenshots. The feature is currently in testing, but the company hopes to roll it out to users “soon.”
The last change is just another minor quality-of-life update, but notable enough. This month, WhatsApp will allow users to leave groups privately without sending a bulk notification. Group admins will still be notified, but generally this change will make switching between groups in the app smoother and less cumbersome. This change will be rolled out to both the desktop and mobile versions of the app.
Meta Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said of the new features, “We will continue to develop new ways to protect your messages and keep them as private and secure as a face-to-face conversation.” said.