WhatsApp Trials New 'Safety Tools' to Enhance User Security

By Pintu
Created On: Aug 1st, 2023
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WhatsApp is stepping up its efforts to ensure user safety with the testing of innovative 'safety tools' designed to protect users from potential scammers and spam. In addition, the platform is introducing a new feature to disable read receipts for unknown numbers, unless users choose to reply or add them to their contacts.

The latest report from WABetaInfo reveals that WhatsApp is currently experimenting with 'safety tools' to bolster user security. When users receive messages from unknown numbers or contacts not on their list, a pop-up will appear, providing information on how to handle such situations safely. The pop-up offers options to block or report the contact and advises users on checking profile photos, phone numbers, and country codes to stay vigilant.

One of the key features being tested is the disabling of read receipts for messages from unknown contacts. By implementing this, WhatsApp ensures that unknown contacts won't be able to see whether their messages have been read unless the recipient chooses to reply or add them to their contact list.

Currently, the 'safety tools' are available to WhatsApp beta users on Android version 2.23.16.6. However, the platform is actively expanding the feature to more users, so it may take a few days before it is accessible to all.

In recent updates, WhatsApp has also introduced support for instant video messages, a dedicated app for WearOS, and a faster method to transfer chats between phones without relying on Google Drive.

As WhatsApp continues to prioritize user safety and experience, the testing and potential implementation of these new 'safety tools' are expected to further enhance security and protect users from potential threats on the platform. Stay tuned for these valuable updates, as WhatsApp works diligently to create a safer and more enjoyable messaging environment for its users.


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