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WhatsApp Latest Privacy Features Gives Users Online Presence Control

By Lawrence Agbo
August 09, 2022

Meta-owned Instant messaging service WhatsApp revealed on Tuesday that its messaging software will receive a tiny flurry of privacy-conscious updates that allow users to choose which contacts can view their online status.

The modifications, according to WhatsApp, are intended to give users more choice over their experiences while adding "additional layers" to safeguard their confidential interactions.

Online presence control, as described by WhatsApp, will allow users to use the programme secretly without being shown to be online.

Users can add and remove persons from the list of contacts who can see their online status at any moment, and there is no cap on the number of contacts.

Its desktop and mobile app services will both receive the update, according to the company.


The business is also exploring screenshot blocking for "view once" notifications, which vanish after being opened just once.

In announcing the disappearing media feature a year ago, WhatsApp warned users that they couldn't tell if recipients were taking screenshots of transmitted images and videos.

WhatsApp will also enable users to leave groups in secret without broadcasting their decision to depart.

In general, this update should make navigating among groups on the app more seamless and less unpleasant.

Group admins will still receive notifications. The app's desktop and mobile versions will both receive this upgrade.


Ami Vora, the head of products at WhatsApp, described the updates as strengthening the app's "interlocking layers of protection" and enhancing its position as a well-known encrypted messaging choice.

Over the years, the company has made more attempts. In the fall of last year, it added end-to-end encryption for cloud backups, so addressing a potential weakness in its encrypted messaging service.

“We’ll keep building new ways to protect your messages and keep them as private and secure as face-to-face conversation,” Meta Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said of the new features.

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