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WhatsApp won’t limit features for Indian users if they don’t accept new privacy policy

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At present, WhatsApp’s new Terms of Service is the hottest topic among WhatsApp users, which came into effect on May 15, 2021. Also, it was mentioned by the company that if the users will not accept the new policies then they will face limitations in features.

Regarding this matter, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) issued a notice to WhatsApp and asked to withdraw its new controversial privacy policy.

Also, the Indian government gave seven days time to send a satisfactory reply on this matter. Otherwise, they will take strict action against the Facebook-owned WhatsApp platform.

Recently, WhatsApp has responded and told the government that it won’t withdraw its privacy policy as it “does not change the privacy of people’s personal messages.” Instead, it explained that WhatsApp will not put any limitation on Indian WhatsApp users if they won’t allow the new policy.

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Additionally, WhatsApp mentioned that it will continue reminding users about the policy at least until India’s upcoming Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill comes into effect.

“We have responded to the Government of India’s letter and assured them that the privacy of users remains our highest priority. As a reminder, the recent update does not change the privacy of people’s personal messages. Its purpose is to provide additional information about how people can interact with businesses if they choose to do so…We will not limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works in the coming weeks.

Instead, we will continue to remind users about the update as well as when people choose to use relevant optional features, such as communicating with a business that is receiving support from Facebook…We hope this approach reinforces the choice that all users have whether or not they want to interact with a business. We will maintain this approach until at least the forthcoming PDP law comes into effect,” said  WhatsApp spokesperson

For more understanding, it means that Huawei claimed the Terms of Service don’t affect your account and chat with your friends and family if you won’t accept them. But,  they are needed to improve the communication with specific business accounts.

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(Via – WaBetaInfo)

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WhatsApp to soon enable message reaction notifications

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WhatsaApp Reaction

In August 2021, WhatsApp has announced the message reaction for iOS users allowing them to show their expression for a particular message without replying to them. Although other social networking platforms including Instagram, Facebook, and iMessage, etc already provide this feature, it’s new for WhatsApp users.

Related to this, new information shows that WhatsApp also working to enable message reaction notifications. It means, when other users react to a message, WhatsApp will push separate notifications for them. The users need not open the app frequently to check the responses.

WhatsApp Message Reaction Notifications

On this matter, the WABetaInfo has shared the preview image (attached below) that shows WhatsApp is designing a new reaction notification setting bar. The users will be able to enable and disable the sound manually as some of them don’t want to be notified while receiving a reaction.

In addition, the users can also customize the sound effects and can select the notification sound from the available list.

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WhatsaApp Reaction

Availability:

As I mentioned at the start, WhatsApp will enable this setting as soon as the message reaction will be available for the users. However, there is no specifies on this matter yet. But there is one sure thing, WhatsApp won’t be left out any platform to send this feature including- iOS, Android, and WhatsApp Web/Desktop.

WhatsApp Message Reaction:

As per the previous reports, the users will be able to use the available emojis to react to a message. Furthermore, a single message can receive multiple reactions (approx 7) in a group. Still, there is limited info revealed on this matter.

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Recently, WhatsApp has fixed a minor bug with the 2.21.21.10 update for some specific beta testers. It was preventing the users from accessing the group and group info, but now WhatsApp has solved this issue.

Now its time to check the preview image-

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WhatsApp message reaction notifications

(Image Credit: WABetaInfo)

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WhatsApp fixed the bug blocking the user from accessing group info

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A few days ago, WhatsApp has released a minor 2.21.21.9 update for its users. Although it was a regular update and didn’t bring something notable, an annoying bug started to occur after installing this update.

According to WABetaInfo, the users who updated on the 2.21.21.9 and 2.21.21.8 versions were not able to access the WhatsApp Group Info due to this unknown bug. There were numerous reports about these issues on the Twitter handles. However, only some specific users had received this update previously.

Luckily, WhatsApp has soon acknowledged this bug that is crashing groups and group info. The team has released the 2.21.21.10 update to fix this bug. Anyhow, if you are also facing glitches and crashes while accessing WhatsApp groups, you can update your app on this latest version to resolve this problem.

Apart from this, WhatsApp has also solved some other problems reported by the specific beta testers in this new version. The beta users were encountering some problems with profile pictures but the new update had fixed the issue for now.

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Also Check: WhatsApp will allow users to manage the backup size

More About WhatsApp:

WhatsApp is preparing to add a new function called “My Contects Except” in the privacy settings. It is a similar feature we have used in the WhatsApp Status Privacy and Group Settings. As of now, the Facebook-owned firm has confirmed this custom privacy option for WhatsApp About, Last Seen, and Profile Picture.

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Speaking about its working manner, it follows the vice versa concept. It will allow you to hide your activities from some specific users registered in your contact list. However, you also won’t be able to see their activities. At present, the developers are adding further measurements and will roll out with the future update for Android and iOS platforms.

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WhatsApp’s About also getting my contact expect privacy feature

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New WhatsApp Privacy Settings

WhatsApp is designing the new “My contact expect” privacy feature which is already announced for the profile and last seen settings. Now, WhatsApp’s About also getting this custom privacy setting option.

It’ll let a user hide its About (Bio) details from some individuals in their existing contact list. Once this feature will available, users will be free to chooses whom they want to show their details with further customizations.

Furthermore, the function is in the developing phase and is not available for beta testers. But looking at WhatsApp’s recent activity about this setting, it’s expected to be available soon for the users. For now, you can check the preview below-

WhatsApp About privacy setting

(WhatsApp About privacy setting, Image From WABetaInfo)

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WhatsApp My Contact Except Feature:

This feature will allow a user to hide their activities including profile picture, last seen, and about from some selected users. It’s the same feature we can find in the privacy settings of WhatsApp Status and Groups.

Besides, it has the same working manner as the other functions. If you won’t let others know about your WhatsApp details, you also won’t be able to check them as well. As of now, WhatsApp has confirmed this feature for Android and iOS platforms.

However, the official news for the Apple devices is yet to announce. Users can access these settings once they’ll officially available for them. Just open WhatsApp>select more and click on Setting>Account>Privacy. From here, you can set privacy for Last seen, Profile, About, Status, Groups, etc.

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More About WhatsApp:

In the future, WhatsApp will let the users manage their backup size displaying them the individual backup size of the various sections including Photos, Videos, Documents, and other media. It might be WhatsApp’s response to the rumored news about the limited storage plan of Google Drive. However, there are no official words available from the company.

(Source: WABetaInfo)

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