WhatsApp To Launch New Features for More Privacy, More Protection, And More Control

At WhatsApp, Privacy is in the DNA.

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, they announced several new privacy features that provide even more layers of protection and give you more control over your messages.

  • Leave Groups Silently: We all love our group chats but some are not forever. WhatsApp is 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 MessagesView 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, WhastApp is also kicking off a campaign to educate people about the new features and their continued commitment to protecting your private conversations on WhatsApp.

“:We hope people enjoy getting to use these new features and benefit from several options that help you keep your messages secure,” WhatsApp wrote. “We look forward to your feedback on what to build next.”

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