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New WhatsApp update to introduce three new privacy features

WhatsApp is set to introduce three new privacy features, Meta platforms CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has announced.

WhatsApp protects the personal calls and messages of users with default end-to-end encryption, so no one but the intended recipient can hear or see them. But that is just one important part of protecting your privacy. Over the years, WhatsApp has added new layers of privacy protections to give you multiple ways to secure your 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.

Today, WhatsApp has announced that it will bring several new privacy features that provide even more layers of protection and give you more control over your messages as part of how they work to keep your conversations secure on WhatsApp.

  • Leave Groups Silently: We love our group chats but some are not forever. We’re making it possible to exit a group privately without making it a big deal to everyone. Now, instead of notifying the full group when you are leaving, only the admins will be notified. This feature will start to roll out to all users this month.
  • Choose Who Can See When You’re Online: Seeing when friends or family are online helps us feel connected to one another, but we’ve all had times when we wanted to check our WhatsApp privately. For the moments you want to keep your online presence private, we’re introducing the ability to select who can and can’t see when you’re online. This will start rolling out to all users this month.
  • Screenshot Blocking For View Once Messages: View Once is already an incredibly popular way to share photos or media that don’t need to have a permanent digital record. Now we’re enabling screenshot blocking for View Once messages for an added layer of protection. We’re testing this feature now and are excited to roll it out to users soon.

To spread the word about these new layers of protection, WhatsApp is also kicking off a campaign to educate people about the new features and our continued commitment to protecting your private conversations on WhatsApp. They hope people enjoy getting to use these new features and benefit from several options that help you keep your messages secure. 

Source: WhatsApp Blog

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