WHATSAPP’s latest feature is accused of turning the popular messaging app into a scammers’ haven.
Users have joked on social media that the app’s brand new chat locking feature has “upgraded” infidelity over the ability to lock secret conversations behind a password.
The chat blocking feature joins WhatsApp’s growing list of privacy features, such as end-to-end encryption (e2ee), encrypted backups, disappearing messages, screenshot blocking, control over who can see when you were last online, and more.
While it can be used for more harmless purposes like planning surprises or even sending naughty messages in committed relationships, others are well aware that the feature is likely to be misused.
One user wrote on Twitter: “Whatsapp now lets you block and hide ‘intimate conversations.’ A whole new way of cheating is available to scammers.”
“Ok, I guess those are upstairs [of WhatsApp] “It must be eternal cheats or sumin,” added another user.
“Because I get E2E encryption and messages disappear, but what is THAT for??”
“On behalf of the CPA (Cheating Partners Association) we commend the great work you are doing,” a Facebook user commented under the announcement.
WhatsApp users have joked that they can now “cheat in peace” thanks to the feature announced yesterday afternoon.
“New locked chats in WhatsApp make your conversations more private,” announced Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post yesterday.
“They are hidden in a password-protected folder and notifications do not show the sender or the message content.”
The function is still in its infancy.
WhatsApp will be adding more chat blocking options in the coming months.
This includes blocking chats for companion devices – which is best for people switching from one phone to another – and also creating a custom password.
Currently, to unlock the chats, you can only use your phone’s password, be it a numeric code or a biometric code.
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