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What are new WhatsApp privacy features?

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Meta chief Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday revealed three new privacy features for WhatsApp, saying they will keep building new ways to protect the messages.

The US billionaire announced the development on his official Facebook page.

“New privacy features coming to WhatsApp: exit group chats without notifying everyone, control who can see when you’re online, and prevent screenshots on view once messages,” Mark Zuckerberg said.

He said that the company is building new ways to protect the messages and keep them as private and secure as face-to-face conversations.

What are new WhatsApp privacy features?

Meanwhile, WABetainfo has reported that WhatsApp is now launching a new global campaign in order to inform users about new features and how the app secures their experience by using different layers of protections thanks to their privacy features: end-to-end encryption, two-step verification, end-to-end encrypted chat backup, and more.

“The focus of their campaign is also to educate people to understand what the real security is: it is important to protect users not only when the information is sent but even when it’s stored (for example, by using end-to-end encrypted backups).”

Exit group chats

As per the details, after the new settings are rolled out only the group admins will be notified if someone leaves the group chat.

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Last seen and online

According to the Whatsapp watcher, a user will have more control over who can see when he/she is using WhatsApp and when the user doesn’t want everyone to be able to see the online presence.

The user can choose the option “Same as Last Seen”. This feature will finally start to be released to users this month.

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Courtesy WABetainfo.

Screenshot blocking

The new privacy feature announced by Mark Zuckerberg prevents taking screenshots to “view once” image or video.

The WABetainfo stated that a user can still take screenshots of conversations, even if they contain some disappearing messages, at the moment. 

“As always, when you send a view once photo or video, WhatsApp will inform you that people may still get them by using a secondary phone or camera, so it is always important to be careful when using this feature: it’s up to you.”

In addition, it added that there isn’t a system to inform the sender when someone attempted to take a screenshot to their view once image and video because the attempt to take a screenshot will be automatically blocked.

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Courtesy WABetainfo.

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Another X, previously Twitter, outage has affected Pakistan.

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Adding to the current difficulties with online connectivity, internet users in Pakistan experienced yet another disturbance when attempting to use the services of social media site X, formerly known as Twitter.

Users from Islamabad and other regions of the nation were unable to use the site for several hours since the service was down.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), which is becoming increasingly concerned about the frequent outages, has not made an official remark about the matter.

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Elections 2024: On February 8, a “suspension” of cellphone and internet services was suggested.

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The suggestion was made at the meeting of the ECP, which was convened to examine the state of law and order in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

According to those with knowledge of the situation, there was a suggestion to cut back on mobile and internet service in vulnerable sections of the nation in time for the general elections in 2024.

The election candidates’ security was also a topic of discussion during the conference, and CEC Sikandar Sultan Raja voiced his worries about the rise in attacks on political gatherings in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

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Government Decides to Take Action: Solangi Denounces Journalist Harassment Campaign

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The troll army of a political party has been harassing Journalist Gharidah Farooqui, and the Caretaker Government has strongly objected to this nasty and shady campaign, according to Caretaker Minister for Information Murtaza Solangi.

He warned that disclosing someone’s home address or private phone number amounted to encouraging violence and harassment and would not be allowed in a post on the social media site “X.”

The Minister went on to say that the appropriate authorities are looking into the situation and that the offenders and those who assist them will face consequences in accordance with the law.

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