WhatsApp is set to get this ‘Gmail like feature’

WhatsApp is getting Upgraded

NEW DELHI: Popular instant messaging app, WhatsApp is now working on a new feature which will enable users to label spam messages.
As per WaBetaInfo (@wabetainfo), a Twitter account that tracks changes in WhatsApp’s beta builds, the company is working on a new feature which will enable users to mark an unknown sender as spam.

The feature will come in the next update version 2.17.430. Users will also be able to report or block such senders.

The twitter account further adds that the feature will be developed for both iOSand Android users.

In an official post, WABeta Info says, “A spammer never sends spam messages to a single contact, but he is used to sending them to multiple users, selecting them in his contacts list, picking these data from the Internet or from some registration services. These messages may contain unwanted advertising and fake news, and they often invite you to forward the message to your contacts.”

Presently, it allows users to send messages 25 times. The upcoming feature will alert the users if a message has been forwarded more than 25 times. The forwarded message will come with a label ‘Forwarded Many Times’.
Recently, Facebook-owned WhatsApp mistakenly rolled out the new feature in a beta update. For quite some time the company has been testing its ‘Reply Privately’ feature. The Reply Privately feature enables the users to send messages privately in individual or group chat. According to WaBetaInfo the developers mistakenly enabled the feature.
The tweet said, “In the new WhatsApp beta for Windows Phone 2.17.344 the private reply feature is disabled. Probably WhatsApp has wrongly enabled it in 2.17.342.”

The Twitter account further added that the feature will be available only in group chat for the time being and will be incorporated in the small menu which pops-up whenever a user press and hold on a message.

Privacy and Security is in our DNA

From day one, we built WhatsApp to help you stay in touch with friends, share vital information during natural disasters, reconnect with separated families, or seek a better life. Some of your most personal moments are shared with WhatsApp, which is why we built end-to-end encryption into the latest versions of our app. When end-to-end encrypted, your messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents, and calls are secured from falling into the wrong hands.

Security by Default

WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption is available when you and the people you message use the latest versions of our app. Many messaging apps only encrypt messages between you and them, but Latest WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption ensures only you and the person you’re communicating with can read what is sent, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp. This is because your messages are secured with a lock, and only the recipient and you have the special key needed to unlock and read them. For added protection, every message you send has its own unique lock and key. All of this happens automatically: no need to turn on settings or set up special secret chats to secure your messages.

Speak Freely

WhatsApp app Calling lets you talk to your friends and family, even if they’re in another country. Just like your messages, the calls are end-to-end encrypted so WhatsApp and third parties can’t listen to them.

Messages that Stay with You

Your messages should be in your hands. That’s why WhatsApp doesn’t store your messages on our servers once we deliver them, and end-to-end encryption means that WhatsApp and third parties can’t read them anyway.

See for Yourself

It lets you check whether the calls you make and messages you send are end-to-end encrypted. Simply look for the indicator in contact info or group info.

Get the Details

Read an in-depth technical explanation of WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption, developed in collaboration with Open Whisper Systems.

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