WhatsApp has introduced two new safety features in India. Users will now be getting Flash calls and Message level reporting as part of the already existing safety features. These features will enhance the safety of the users on the Meta-owned messaging platform. The flash call feature is an addition to the SMS verification option. Whereas, the latter will allow them to report specific messages.
“In our continuous endeavour to provide more safety and control to users, WhatsApp is now introducing two new safety features. ‘Flash calls’ and ‘message level reporting’ to ensure that user experience remains secure. In addition to the host of other safety measures and product features that allow users to continue safeguarding their personal messaging experience.”WhatsApp in a statement
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WhatsApp New Safety Features
Up until now, one needs a code that comes through a text message to activate your WhatsApp account on the new device. However, Flash calls are adding another option with which users can choose to receive an automated call for verifying their phone number. Simply put, it allows WhatsApp to call their device and verify automatically. Thus, eliminating the need for any other text message-based verification. The messaging platform says this new option is much safer than SMS verification. WhatsApp adds that the Flash calls take place all from within the app.
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Message Level Reporting
It allows users to flag particular messages on the platform. All they need to do is, long-press a specific message, they can then choose to report or block the user. Users can simply long-press a particular message to either report or block a user.
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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. In this year, the company introduced disappearing messages and View Once as well.