The new privacy features on WhatsApp and what you need to know

The new privacy features on WhatsApp and what you need to know

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, announced that WhatsApp users would now be able to leave groups without everyone in the group knowing, as part of the social media platform’s new privacy features.

The CEO stated that this feature will be available to all users this month and that WhatsApp users can also prevent people from screenshotting messages marked as ‘view once.’

Furthermore, the platform will enable users to control who can see when they are online. It will also allow users to read messages without informing the senders that their messages have been read.

WhatsApp announced these new updates two days ago via its Twitter handle.

WhatsApp already includes end-to-end encryption by default, so no one but the intended recipient can hear or see them. Additionally, app owners have added new layers of privacy protection over the years to provide users with additional protection.

These features include messages that vanish, end-to-end encrypted backups for users who want to save their chat history, two-step verification for added security, and the ability to block and report unwanted chats.

According to the company, the introduction of these new features is supported by a new WhatsApp privacy study, which found that 72% of people value the ability to speak in an honest, unfiltered way. Still, more than 47% are only comfortable doing so in a safe, private space.

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