Friday April 19, 2019
Home Lead Story Whatsapp will...

Whatsapp will Now Let Users Know How Many Times a Message has been Forwarded

"This information is available for sent messages only, because the user can navigate into Message Info only for messages he sent," the website added

0
//
whatsapp
"This information is available for sent messages only, because the user can navigate into Message Info only for messages he sent," the website added. Pixabay

WhatsApp is reportedly working on two features that will help its over 1.5 billion users know how many times a message has been forwarded.

The “Forwarding Info” and “Frequently Forwarded” features are not available yet but WhatsApp is working on these features in its Beta update for Android, said the popular website wabetainfo.com that tracks WhatsApp updates.

“In the 2.19.80 beta update, WhatsApp has started to work on a new feature that will allow (when enabled) to get more info about a message. The feature is called Forwarding Info,” said the website.

Whatsapp
The feature will let the user know how many times a message has been forwarded. Pixabay

The feature will let the user know how many times a message has been forwarded. “This information is available for sent messages only, because the user can navigate into Message Info only for messages he sent,” the website added.

ALSO READ: More Than 87,000 Groups on WhatsApp Targeting Voters: Report

A message is frequently forwarded when it has been forwarded more than 4 times. Currently, WhatsApp has limited the forwards to a maximum of five in India.

WhatsApp added this feature in its Beta for Android to help the users understand when a message is very “popular” and if it has been forwarded too many times, it might contain incorrect or spam information. (IANS)

Next Story

Whatsapp Security Bug Allows iPhone Users Bypass Security Controls

Apple did not immediately respond to questions on whether a similar fix would be required for the WhatsApp glitch.

0
Whatsapp
The feature will let the user know how many times a message has been forwarded. Pixabay

A security bug is allowing users to bypass new privacy controls introduced by Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp on iPhones this month, the service said Wednesday after users posted about the problem on social
media.

The disclosure came as messaging and other applications race to improve security and privacy and as Facebook Inc. is addressing criticism for not safeguarding privacy.

WhatsApp’s new privacy feature allows iPhone users to require Touch ID or Face ID — fingerprint or facial recognition — to open the app, but users were able to bypass those log-in methods by using the iPhone’s “share” function to send files over WhatsApp.

Users can set verification to be required immediately upon log-in, meaning they would need to supply Touch ID or Face ID each time they open WhatsApp, or at intervals of up to an hour, allowing them to toggle between apps on the iPhone for that time period.

Whatsapp
Users can set verification to be required immediately upon log-in. Pixabay

The security system fails when users select any interval option other than “immediately.”

A user named “u/de_X_ter” wrote a Reddit post detailing the problem Tuesday. Reuters verified the bug.

“We are aware of the issue and a fix will be available shortly. In the meantime, we recommend that people set the screen lock option to ‘immediately,’ ” a WhatsApp spokesperson said by email.

ALSO READ: YouTube Renews Strike Rules, Intensifies Punitive Action

Last month, a user discovered a privacy flaw with Apple’s FaceTime group video chat software, which allowed iPhone users to see and hear others before they accept a video call. Apple rolled out an iOS update to fix the issue.

Apple did not immediately respond to questions on whether a similar fix would be required for the WhatsApp glitch.