WhatsApp is said to be working on preventing strangers from seeing your last seen and online status updates
According to reports, WhatsApp is introducing new privacy features to make it more difficult for others to see your last seen status and online presence on the platform. The update may not be available to all users yet, but it is said to be available to some Android and iOS users. It will keep your information private and prevent third-party apps from tracking WhatsApp users. Aside from the privacy-focused update, WhatsApp has released a new animated sticker pack called Encanto, which can be downloaded from the app's official WhatsApp Sticker Store.
WhatsApp is working on improving user privacy by restricting your last seen and online status update from people you don't know or haven't chatted with, according to WhatsApp features tracker WABetaInfo. Some users were the first to notice the change. WhatsApp Support also appears to have confirmed the privacy enhancement's rollout.
The update will not affect your relationships with friends, family, or business contacts whom you know or have previously messaged, according to the support team in an apparent email response to a user.
Apps and services that allowed users to silently track others on WhatsApp were discovered earlier this year, according to a report by cybersecurity firm Traced. The messaging app does not allow you to disable or change your online status, but it does allow you to hide your Last Seen status from strangers.
Many WhatsApp online status trackers, according to Traced, marketed themselves as a way to let people know when their contacts are online on the app, even though they could be used by cyber-stalkers to spy on others.
Cyberstalking apps are not allowed in app stores like Google Play. However, there are several apps listed in these stores that claim to be a way for parents and partners to keep track of their loved ones' WhatsApp activity.
Along with the privacy-focused feature, WhatsApp has released the Encanto sticker pack, which can be downloaded on both Android and iOS devices. It comes with 14 animated stickers that can be used in chats. WABetaInfo was the first to notice the pack.