WhatsApp has new features that protect your privacy

Meta has announced new privacy features for WhatsApp users that will allow them to hide their “last seen” status from certain contacts, but also to leave the group without other users being notified.

Last December, WhatsApp started hiding a user’s online status from strangers by default. It was a step in the right direction, but not enough because all your contacts can still see if you’re online or not. The next WhatsApp update should fix this, as you’ll be able to choose which contacts can see your online status. So if you don’t want someone to know that you’re ignoring their message, a new option will let that person never know.

Currently, the popular app notifies all group chat participants when someone leaves the group, so it’s not unusual for a person who has left the group to receive private messages from other group members asking why they left. That’s why leaving groups is often uncomfortable for users who want to leave without being noticed.

WhatsApp is also working on preventing the creation of screenshots for “view once” messages. Unlike disappearing messages, these messages don’t disappear after a certain amount of time, but after the recipient of the message sees them once, like a photo or video sent via Snapchat. Blocking screenshots could prevent users from saving or sharing sensitive information with others. The feature is still being tested, but WhatsApp says it will be available to users soon.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said this will help keep WhatsApp users’ messages “as private and secure as face-to-face conversations.”

The rollout of the new features will begin this month.

Chief product officer Ami Vora said this is part of the platform’s focus on “building product features that allow people to have more control and privacy over their messages.”

“We believe WhatsApp is the safest place to chat privately,” she said. “No other global messaging service at this level provides this level of security for its users’ messages, media, voice messages, video calls and chat backups.”

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