WhatsApp latest privacy features enable users depart group chats discreetly, hide their online status, and prohibit screenshotting ephemeral messages.
Mark Zuckerberg announced the changes on Tuesday and promised to “keep building new ways to protect your messages and keep them as private and secure as face-to-face conversations.”
Leave group chats
Everyone knows when you leave a WhatsApp group chat, making real-life and digital interactions awkward. Facebook-owned firm will let people leave silently, alerting only admins. When your double check marks turn blue and you don’t answer, intelligent users will know you’ve left. Your leaving won’t be so noticeable.
WhatsApp made hiding last seen and online status from unknown contacts default in December. “online presence control,” letting you browse the app anonymously. This month, all users can choose who can see their online status. Change your list whenever you (or they) want.
WhatsApp added “View Once” images and videos last year, but users still screenshotted one-time-only communications. WhatsApp will soon test a blocking feature.
The company has more. WhatsApp is expanding the time restriction for deleting a communication from 58 seconds to “a little over two days(Opens in a new window).” Tap and hold the post you wish to delete, then click “Delete” and “Delete for everyone” or “Delete for me.”
Apple will soon release iOS 16 with the ability to edit and delete outgoing texts for 15 minutes.