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WhatsApp Beta for Android Supports ‘Fingerprint Lock’

But before that you need to update your WhatsApp version to the 2.19.221 Android beta, WABetaInfo informed

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After introducing the screen lock feature for iOS beta users more than three months ago, WhatsApp has now started rolling out a similar feature called “Fingerprint lock” for Android beta users, the media reported.

When this feature is enabled, users will have to use fingerprint to open WhatsApp. But users will still be able to answer calls even when WhatsApp is locked, WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp updates, reported on Tuesday.

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FILE – Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to logos of social media apps Signal, Whatsapp and Telegram projected on a screen in this picture illustration. VOA

If you want to enable it, you need to open WhatsApp “Settings” and then go the “Account” and then to the “Privacy” section where one can spot the “Fingerprint lock”.

But before that you need to update your WhatsApp version to the 2.19.221 Android beta, WABetaInfo informed.

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“Previous update might get the feature as well, but WhatsApp is always used to enable features in recent updates (that might contain bug fixes and improvements for the feature), so you should install the 2.19.221 update as above mentioned,” said the report. (IANS)

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Facebook Decides Not to Sell Ads on WhatsApp

Facebook bought WhatsApp for $22 billion in 2014

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Facebook has reportedly decided not to sell ads on WhatsApp – a controversial plan that forced Brian Acton and Jan Koum, who founded the mobile messaging service, to quit nearly two years ago.

According to a The Wall Street Journal report, WhatsApp in recent months disbanded a team that had been established to find the best ways to integrate ads into the service.

“The team’s work was then deleted from WhatsApp’s code,” the report added, quoting people familiar with the matter.

There was no official statement from Facebook on the report.

WhatsApp co-founder Acton left the company in 2017, and CEO Jan Koum in August, over their differences with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who aimed to monetize on WhatsApp by introducing ads between chats.

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Both Acton and Koum never wanted WhatsApp to become a platform full of ads.

In an earlier interview with Forbes, Acton explained that a disagreement on monetising WhatsApp was the reason he quit Facebook and gave up $850 million on the table.

“At the end of the day, I sold my company. I sold my users’ privacy. I made a choice and a compromise. I live with that every day,” Acton said.

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He alleged that Zuckerberg was in a rush to make money from the messaging service and undermine elements of its encryption technology.

“Targeted advertising is what makes me unhappy, Acton said.

Facebook bought WhatsApp for $22 billion in 2014. (IANS)