WhatsApp Improves User Privacy with New Features

WhatsApp Improves User Privacy with New Features

News by Roberto OrosaRoberto Orosa
Published: June 20, 2023

Messaging service WhatsApp is rolling out two new features that aim to enhance users’ privacy: Silence Unknown Callers and Privacy Checkup.  

According to a blog post posted Tuesday, Silence Unknown Callers is designed to help users automatically screen spam, scams, and calls from unknown users.  

Through the new feature, these types of calls will not ring on a user’s phone but will be visible in their call list in case it turns out to be an important call. 

Additionally, Privacy Checkup will be a step-by-step feature that walks the user through privacy settings, informing them of the various protection options they can take.  

This feature can be accessed by selecting ‘Start checkup’ in privacy settings. From there a user can toggle with the security level for their calls, messages, and other personal information.  

The Meta-owned company has also launched a new one-minute spot reminding users to check-in on their family and friends via private message to let them know WhatsApp is a safe space for them to open up.

“Protecting the privacy of your messages remains the driving force behind what we’re building at WhatsApp,” the company wrote.  

WhatsApp also recently introduced Chat Lock to protect sensitive chats, Disappearing Messages that vanish after a short period of time, and screenshot blocking for messages with the “View Once” setting.  

In the past week, the messaging platform also launched Channels which allows admins, brands, and organizations to create channels and send texts, photos, videos, stickers, and polls to other members.

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