On Tuesday, WhatsApp unveiled a number of new privacy features, including the option for users to check their messages secretly, exit groups quietly and block screenshotting of “View Once” messages.

WhatsApp Updates

Currently, leaving a WhatsApp group conversation might be difficult because the entire chat receives a notification when you leave. It may be aggravating in bigger gatherings as well. However, soon only the admins will be notified when someone leaves the group, as opposed to everyone else. This month, the functionality will go out to all WhatsApp users.

You can currently hide your online status. The messenger now allows you to conceal your “Online” indicator, when before users could only hide their “Last Seen” status. The ‘Online’ status indication on WhatsApp may now be shared with anybody the user chooses. The last saw online status can be totally hidden from everyone, only unidentified numbers, certain contacts, or nobody. Under the last seen settings, the feature will include a new “Who can see when I’m online” option with the choices “Everyone” and “Same as Last Seen.”

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta said the company would “keep building new ways to protect your messages and keep them as private and secure as face-to-face conversations.”

End-to-end encryption, which allows only the sender and recipient of a message to access its contents, is something WhatsApp has long bragged about using. Additionally, it currently enables users to send messages that vanish after a certain amount of time, just like other private messaging services.

Users can transmit media files that can only be seen once by using View Once messaging. However, view-once images were not completely failsafe because it was still possible to snap screenshots of the media file. In order to prevent individuals from capturing screenshots of their photographs, WhatsApp is implementing a feature that will block screenshots of “View once” messages, providing much-needed privacy for its users.

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