WhatsApp introduces new privacy features to increase user security


WhatsApp is said to allow users to leave group chats without notifying others and control who can see when they’re online as part of a privacy update for the messaging app.

As part of the update rolling out this month, users will also get the ability to prevent people from taking screenshots of View Once messages, which should disappear once opened.

The screenshot-blocking tool is currently being tested, WhatsApp said, and would be released to users soon.

Currently, if a user leaves a group chat, a notification will appear at the end of the conversation letting others in the group know who left.

And while users can already turn off a feature that lets others know they’ve read a message, it hasn’t previously been possible to hide the fact that a user was online and using WhatsApp.

According to Meta’s own messaging platform, the new features aim to further improve privacy in online conversations.

Some activists have raised concerns about the end-to-end encryption used on WhatsApp and some other platforms to secure conversations, arguing that it allows criminals to evade detection.

But in a post announcing the WhatsApp update, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “We will continue to find new ways to protect your messages and keep them as private and secure as in-person conversations.”

Ami Vora, head of product at WhatsApp, said the platform is focused on building features that “allow people to have more control and privacy over their messages.”

“Over the years we’ve added interlocking layers of protection to protect their conversations, and the new features are one way we continue to deliver on our commitment to keep messages private,” she said.

“No other global messaging service of this scale offers this level of security for its users’ messages, media, voice messages, video calls and chat backups.

“We believe WhatsApp is the safest place to have private conversations. And to spread the word about these new features, we’re also launching a global campaign, starting with the UK and India, to educate people about how we work to protect their private conversations on WhatsApp.”

https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/whatsapp-unveils-new-privacy-features-to-boost-user-security-41899142.html WhatsApp introduces new privacy features to increase user security

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