The new version, which is still under development, has new functions, among which the possibility of hiding our online status and the blocking of taking screenshots stand out.
Following the latest updates of the undisputed leader in instant messaging and to be able to continue on the crest of the wave against the rest of the competitors such as Telegram , Viber , Snapchat , Messenger or Line . WhatsApp finally plans to launch a new version that will have new features , among which are the ability to hide our online status and the block on taking screenshots .
“New privacy features coming to WhatsApp: Get out of group chats without notifying everyone, control who can see when you’re online, and prevent screenshots on messages seen once. We will continue to create new ways to protect your messages and keep them as private and secure as face-to-face conversations,” said Mark Zuckerberg , Founder and CEO of Meta .
With the “quiet leave groups” feature, WhatsApp users will be able to leave a group privately without having to notify everyone of their departure . Now, instead of notifying the entire group when you leave, only the admins will be notified . This feature will start rolling out to all users this month . “Seeing when friends or family are online helps users feel connected to each other, but everyone has had times when they wanted to check their WhatsApp privately. For times when you want to keep your online presence private, WhatsApp introduces the ability to select who you can and can’t see when you’re online,” WhatsApp said in a statement.
Additionally, the instant messaging app will now block taking screenshots for messages that can only be viewed once . WhatsApp pointed out that single view messages are already an incredibly popular way to share photos or media that do not need to have a permanent digital record. “WhatsApp is now enabling screenshot blocking for “see once” messages for an extra layer of protection. This feature is being tested and will be rolled out to users soon,” he said referring to this functionality and the one that will allow us to hide our online status . The company added that the introduction of these new features is supported by a new privacy study.of WhatsApp that found that 72% of people value being able to talk honestly and without filters , but more than 47% only feel comfortable doing it privately . “For times when you need more privacy, 51% prefer to stay hidden online to choose who they want to talk to. 91% of people who are aware of blocking features think they are important. That’s why WhatsApp is introducing new layers of protection that allow users to talk freely and have private conversations,” the company explained.
Another of the new features that WhatsApp will bring in the coming days is the extension of the time we will have to delete messages . Until now we barely had a few minutes to delete the messages we sent on WhatsApp. However, in a few days we will have a new limit of 60 hours to eliminate them.
Privacy awareness campaigns
To publicize the new features, WhatsApp will launch a new privacy awareness campaign starting with the UK and India . “At WhatsApp, we are focused on creating product features that allow people to have more control and privacy over their messages. Over the years, we’ve added interlocking layers of protection to help keep your conversations safe, and the new features are one way we continue to deliver on our commitment to keeping messages private,” said Ami Vora , Product Manager, WhatsApp .
Vora added that no other global messaging service provides this level of security for its users’ messages, media, voice messages, video calls and chat backups. “We believe that WhatsApp is the safest place to have a private conversation. And to get the word out about these new features, we’re also launching a global campaign, starting with the UK and India, to educate people about how we’re working to protect your private conversations on WhatsApp,” he explained.