WhatsApp is a very popular messaging and calling application worldwide. The major and position strengthening factor of any application are user’s privacy and data security.
According to WABetaInfo, recently, WhatsApp has started popping up a new in-app alert about the previous changes in terms of services for those who haven’t accepted them yet, for iOS and Android.
Here’s the question that arrives in the user’s mind are:
- Will our messages with friends and family be shared with Facebook or any other company?
- Will our messages with business accounts be shared with Facebook or any other company
- If the changes are for business accounts, why do we have to accept the terms? Business accounts should accept them.
Answer’s of your questions:
Q1. Will our messages with friends and family be shared with Facebook or any other company?
Messages and calls are end-to-end encrypted: it means that WhatsApp and Facebook cannot see their content. They aren’t shared with WhatsApp or Facebook and only the recipient(s) can see or listen to them.
Q2. Will our messages with business accounts be shared with Facebook or any other company?
This is a particular type of business account (usually with a high verification level) and when a business uses cloud providers to manage and store your WhatsApp chat, it’s marked in the app. Messages shared with business accounts that don’t use cloud providers (or if they have good privacy practices) aren’t used to generate targeted advertisements.
Q3. If the changes are for business accounts, why do we have to accept the terms? Business accounts should accept them.
Everyone has to accept the new Terms of Service because standard WhatsApp accounts can interact with businesses.
Decorate WhatsApp group profile with the new icon editor feature
WhatsApp has recently introduced new modifications in drawing tools, editing sections, contact card layout, group info modification, and more. Now, WhatsApp is sending a new tool that will give you the possibility to customized group profiles.
In the era of instant messaging, we all have many groups where we add contacts from the same fields such as a group for school friends, college friends, coaching group, family group, office group, etc. Sometimes, we don’t have suitable profile images for the time being just after creating the group.
For further convenience, WhatsApp is adding a group icon editor so that you can add a temporary image profile. Let’s first take a look at the preview image.
(WhatsApp Group Icon Editor, Image From WABetaInfo)
The new option called “Emoji & Sticker” will allow to customizes group icons using WhatsApp emojis and stickers. It provides different backgrounds where you can place any emoji or sticker to make an icon for your temporary group.
After opening group info, click on the profile to edit it, if you see this new “Emoji and Sticker” option, you are able to use it. It’ll also have the categorization bar (same as the message section), so you can easily find suitable emojis instantly.
The WhatsApp beta for iOS 220.127.116.11 brings this new feature. At present, it’s only rolling out for the iOS beta testers while it’ll soon roll out for the Android users. Besides, this feature can take up to a day to enable in your device. So you can try to wait 24 hours in case you just updated to the newest version and didn’t find this feature.
WhatsApp excludes the Messenger Rooms shortcut
WhatsApp has recently removed the messenger rooms shortcut available in the attachment section. The Android and iOS users will not able to access this option and conduct any communication within messenger rooms.
This feature was enabled about a year ago for WhatsApp Andoird, iOS, Web users that allows up to 50 participants to join a group video call on Facebook. If you are wondering about the chat rooms let’s start from the initial and check what the messenger room is.
What is Messenger Rooms Shortcut:
Messenger Room Shortcuts is a feature initially created by Messenger that is owned by Facebook. It’s a type of video chat room that lets you can connect with more people by sharing a link. Corresponding to the different settings, other users need not downloading Messenger, log in, or connect on Messenger to join your call.
It means users with no Facebook account can also join a video chat on messenger rooms. Users can share the room link on WhatsApp to invite their friends, family, or colleagues. However, any WhatsApp user can forward the link to other users who aren’t on your contact list. furthermore, the chat room isn’t end-to-end encrypted.
(WhatsApp Messanger Room Shortcut removed, Image from WABetaInfo)
Why WhatsApp has Removed it:
After sending any feature, WhatsApp keeps checking on it frequently to find the priority of any particular feature. If any of them isn’t used by the users or don’t have any major use, it’s best to discard them to reduces the code complexity.
There could be one more possibility that is, WhatsApp may want to further enhance the feature and providing it with more security options as I already mentioned that chat rooms aren’t E2E encrypted. It may be for a while until the shortcut is completely ready for the users. However, WhatsApp hasn’t provided any official statement regarding this matter.
When it Will be Disabled:
If you are still using this shortcut, it means that WhatsApp hasn’t removed it from your device yet. The update isn’t rolled out in your region. But, it’ll soon exclude from your device after updating on
- 18.104.22.168 for the Android users
- 22.214.171.124 for the iOS users
WhatsApp brings more convenience in group calling
With the recent WhatsApp beta for Android 126.96.36.199 update, users are getting the group call shortcuts on the contact card. From now on, the users can make group video or voice calls even without opening the group.
At present, these shortcuts are only available for individual contacts. On the other hand, group contact has instant messaging which only leads a user to the chat section. However, from the chat section user can make video/voice calls.
Well, WhatsApp contact cards provide basic info of a user or a group such as profile photo, user/group name, communication methods (only individual contacts for the instant), and an info button. After opening your WhatsApp you can click on any individual or group profile to access a contact card.
Let’s check the preview first-
(WhatsApp Group Call Shortcuts, Image from WABetaInfo)
New Call Shortcuts:
As you can see in the image, WhatsApp has added two buttons for voice and video calls just below the group name. However, the layout seems no different from what we use at present.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp stated to bring revamp contact card, where the info button shifted beside the group/individual name. Furthermore, the profile picture will be rounded instead of square.
The new buttons will be added after the WhatsApp beta for Android 188.8.131.52. furthermore, some users already received it on 184.108.40.206 beta. Besides, if you aren’t able to use the button after receiving it, it means only the group administrators are allowed to use it.
Apart from this, if you are on the same version and didn’t get the shortcuts, it isn’t rollout in your region yet. You have to wait for the next update.
More About WhatsApp:
WhatsApp is also working on a new feature that will allow users to turn their images into strikes. Furthermore, it’ll also notify you after you send the converted image to your friends. It’ll make your conversation more exciting as you can customize your own images. However, this feature isn’t ready to roll out yet, users have to wait for a while. (Read Full Story Here)