WHATSAPP users have been urged to install the latest update after privacy concerns were raised about personal data being shared with Facebook.
The upcoming update includes a new privacy feature that makes it easier for users to avoid certain contacts or hide information from specific users.
Many users fear that their chats may also be shared.
The update adds a new option for last seen privacy settings, according to WABetaInfo.
Before the new update, users had the option to show their status to everyone, their contacts, or to no one at all.
It now adds a ‘my contacts except…’ option, allowing users to specify certain contacts that they don’t want to see their last seen status on.
The feature has been described as a “soft block” because it shows that the user is offline and therefore cannot reply to messages, however people can still contact the user.
WhatsApp still has the option to block a contact completely.
Options will also come for the profile picture and the intro.
The updates will be rolled out with WhatsApp beta 220.127.116.11 and can be accessed through the account’s privacy settings under the respective options.
However, anyone who hides their last seen status from anyone will not be able to see their status.
But this won’t apply to profile pictures or intros.
Currently this version has been released for Beta, which means that only a specific audience will have access to it.
The company has yet to reveal when it will be released to a larger audience
The Sun has reached out to WhatsApp for comment.
Earlier this month, WhatsApp warned users about a scam ‘friends in need’.
A scam like this involves a cybercriminal getting into the account of someone you know.
They’ll then text you or someone on their friend’s contact list, hoping someone will respond.
Criminals can even read previous messages so they can mimic the correct tone of voice to talk to you so as not to arouse suspicion.
Many reasons can be given for why the person needs a loan.
This can range from criminals pretending that your friend is stranded abroad and needs money for a plane ride or has been robbed.
If you’re being asked for money this way, pause and try calling the friend.
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