WhatsApp, which owns the popular messaging platform Meta, has introduced a new feature that allows users to block spam directly from their lock screen. The update aims to combat the growing prevalence of spam messages and give users more control over their messaging experience. Spam messages have long been a concern for messaging networks like WhatsApp, flooding users with unwanted messages ranging from promotional offers to fraudulent schemes. By allowing users to take actions directly from their lock screen, WhatsApp aims to enhance user privacy and security while promoting a more seamless messaging experience.
The new feature enables WhatsApp users to identify and block spam messages without having to unlock their devices or navigate through the app. When a spam message notification appears on the lock screen, users can now long press on the notification to access multiple options, including the option to block the sender immediately. WhatsApp also displays a secondary icon to notify the contact.
Notably, WhatsApp already displays a caution note below the contact details of any unknown number from which you receive a message. This is followed by options to add a contact, block them, or report and block them. Apart from these direct options, you can do it in advance Block A contact. In the More options section on the home page, go to settings > Privacy > Blocked contacts > Add > Find or select the contact you want to block.
Users need to register their phone number on WhatsApp. Anyone with your contact details can message you on WhatsApp. However, this remains a privacy concern. The company is working on a way to allow connecting on the platform without exchanging phone numbers.
WhatsApp will also soon support cross-platform messaging, which will allow users of different messaging platforms to text users on WhatsApp. A “Third Party Chats” section will be available to users on the app’s home interface, which will show messages received from users on other platforms while separating them from in-app chats protected by WhatsApp’s E2EE encryption.
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