WhatsApp announces new privacy updates

KINGSTON, Jamaica – WhatsApp has announced several new privacy updates, including the ability for users to check their messages without other people knowing.

According to an article from CNN Business, WhatsApp made the revelation on Tuesday (August 9). The platform indicated that soon people will be allowed to “control who can see when they're online, prevent others from taking screenshots of certain messages, and leave groups without notifying entire channels.”

WhatsApp has more than two billion users globally, and is owned by Facebook (FB) parent Meta.

Announcing the changes on Facebook and Instagram, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company would "keep building new ways to protect your messages and keep them as private and secure as face-to-face conversations,” CNN Business reported.

Two of the new features being introduced on WhatsApp — which will let you choose who can see when you're active, and to leave groups silently — will come into effect this month, according to WhatsApp.

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