Meta-owned WhatsApp announces two new safety features in India – flash calls and message level reporting. These two features will ensure that the user experience remains secure.
Flash calls option adds the option to verify the user’s phone number through an automated call instead of an SMS. This feature enhances user account safety in case your phone is stolen by someone.
Similarly, users can report accounts to WhatsApp by flagging a specific message with the message level reporting. The Message Level Reporting feature allows users to report a particular message received on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp new safety Features
Flash Calls currently will be available to only new Android users or for the ones who change their devices. In either of the situations, people can choose to verify their phone number via an automated call instead of an SMS. This allows for an easy verification process and dismisses the need for users to wait for an SMS first. Plus, it ensures more safety.
The Message Level Reporting feature allows users to report a particular message received on WhatsApp. For this, they can simply long-press the message they want to flag and then choose to report it or block the user. This is a feature that was previously spotted as part of WhatsApp for iOS beta.
In its latest transparency report, WhatsApp says that it banned over 2.2 million accounts in the month of September alone. While most of the accounts banned were due to automated tools kept in place by WhatsApp to trace fishy accounts.
Apart from end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp offers a slew of safety features like blocking contacts, control over what to share with whom, disappearing messages, and locking the app with Touch ID or Face ID.
Other safety features introduced by WhatsApp include the ability to control who sees a user profile photo, last seen, about, and Status. It also enables users to block accounts if required. WhatsApp also offers two-step verification to users to add an extra layer of security.
For group chats, WhatsApp has group privacy settings that let users control who adds them. The company recently introduced disappearing messages and View Once as well. The latter enables the user to send a photo or video that will disappear on WhatsApp after the recipient has opened it once.
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