WhatsApp has lately been surrounded by questions from around the globe from techies and general users alike about the app’s privacy and security. After Jan Koum, the founder left the company following the clash with Facebook over the issue of data security; Facebook has been making back to back updates to WhatsApp to push new features on board. The latest WhatsApp beta version for Android brings redesigned layout for reporting a contact or group.
Redesigned Report Layout
Now WhatsApp has pushed its latest beta version 2.18.246 for Android users which comes with a redesigned report functionality available for both individual and group chats. After this new update, now users will have the option of exiting a group or blocking a particular user on the alert box when they decide to report a specific user. The thing to note here is that now users who choose to report on WhatsApp will have the option of retaining the chat history for these reported groups or chats, something which wasn’t previously possible on WhatsApp.
How to Use Report Feature
A blog informing about WhatsApp’s latest updates, WABetaInfo released the information in public about this new update concerning the report feature on the app. If you want to report a particular group or person on WhatsApp, head over to their chat or open the group. Tap on the View contact option and then click on Report after scrolling down to the bottom. Follow similar method for groups as well by tapping on the View group info option and then selecting Report.
Also, it was spotted on the beta version that the report option only showed up for chats whose contacts were saved with the users. For messages coming in from unsaved contacts, just the block option was spotted. In case you are curious to know more about the feature and want to test it hands-on, you can go and opt for the WhatsApp Beta Program on Google Play, or you can also download the APK from APK mirror.
WhatsApp's Other Features for Privacy
As of late, WhatsApp has been focusing heavily on privacy and data security on its platform. A few days back WhatsApp also rolled out the suspicious link detection feature which would warn users about spam links. Further, the Facebook-owned company also rolled out new forwarded tags, the forward limit and related functions to stop the spreading of fake news on the platform and curb spamming.
WhatsApp Might Face Ban in India Due to the Spreading of Spam
In other news, the Telecom Department also sought views to block mobile apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Telegram and Instagram in some situations. In recent times, WhatsApp is under the scanner in India for the spreading of spam on the platform. The DoT is seeking for views at the moment but has not made any final decision on the same.