The WhatsApp application will add the possibility of silencing calls from unknown numbers.
WhatsApp continues to add control tools for the benefit of users, and always from the perspective of privacy and the regulation of access that unknown accounts have regarding our information and availability. With “Communities”, the application allowed the reordering of managed groups, but also allows others to access that database. Now, WhatsApp will add one more stage to stop this.
According to reports from WABetaInfo , a medium specialized in WhatsApp news, the Meta sub-brand has been testing a function in Android betas that allows calls from unknown numbers to be silenced.
This new feature could be useful for people who don’t want to receive calls from unadded contacts, along with manual settings to restrict access to profile picture, online status, and last online time.
The screenshots obtained by WABetaInfo show a new function located in the application settings. Once we activate this function, calls from contacts not added to our list will not ring, although they will finally appear in the list of received calls and notifications.
WhatsApp will allow you to silence calls from strangers
The outlet points out that this new tool “could help reduce spam calls significantly; due to the fact that, in recent years, the number of calls of this type has increased, both in unsolicited calls and in messages”.
At the moment, there is no definitive date for this new function to reach all users, nor is there a date for entering the beta phase on Android.
Until now, part of WhatsApp’s innovations in terms of privacy points to the diversion of “annoying” notifications and contacts in our conversation tray. Archiving chats, hiding statuses and profile photos are part of the measures implemented by Meta to reduce harassment on the web.
However, the participation of users in open WhatsApp groups and access to network calls – groups to exchange stickers, for example – may be an unnecessary exposure of data to strangers. WhatsApp recommends adjusting privacy settings and, if necessary, applying extreme measures such as number blocking and account reporting.