WhatsApp is Rolling Out its Single Message Reporting Feature

WhatsApp is usually not able to read any messages that you send to someone, nor can it read any messages that someone sends to you because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up compromising user privacy. However, if you were to report a contact that has sent you spam messages or anything of the sort, WhatsApp will take a look at the last five messages that were exchanged between you and the contact in order to get a better understanding of what actually occurred based on the current context.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that a new update that’s coming to WhatsApp is going to take this feature to a whole other level, as reported by WABI. There has been quite a bit of furor surrounding privacy and the like and since WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, a company notorious for its rather laissez faire approach to privacy and the like, the messaging platform is clearly eager to reduce the opportunities for things to be construed as privacy violations. This is especially pertinent when you look at the highly privacy conscious WhatsApp alternatives that are starting to pick up a lot of seem, especially in highly valuable markets such as India.

The update that is coming will basically allow you to report a single message instead of WhatsApp gaining access to five entire messages when you report a particular contact. This will reduce the number of messages that WhatsApp can gain access too, and in a lot of ways having to show five messages to the company just because you received one that might have been a policy violation is definitely a bit excessive and it has been viewed rather suspiciously in the past with all things having been considered and taken into account.

It is interesting to see how WhatsApp has started switching things up to a certain extent from a privacy perspective. The company clearly wants to give customers the maximum possible amount of privacy in whatever way it can which will be vital to its survival. While its parent company will continue to be the bane of privacy advocates all around the world, one can at least feel hopeful that WhatsApp is not going to end up going down a similar path anytime soon all in all.
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