WhatsApp has introduced two new safety features in India – Flash Call and Message Level Reporting. The latter enables users to report accounts by flagging a specific message. Flash call facility is in addition to the mandatory SMS verification option on the registration process on WhatsApp. WhatsApp says that both these features have been introduced to keep the user’s experience secure. In addition to end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp offers several security features such as blocking contacts, control over what to share with whom, making messages disappear, and locking apps with Touch ID or Face ID.
The instant messaging app has introduced flash call and message level reporting features as part of its efforts to make the platform more secure. The new Flash Call feature gives users the option to verify their phone number via an automated call, as opposed to an SMS message when setting up. WhatsApp Reinstalling it on a new phone or on the handset. This feature is currently available only for Android users. This path allows WhatsApp to make calls to the phone and verify them automatically, eliminating the need for any other SMS verification action. WhatsApp claims that this is a more secure option as it all happens from within the app.
For message level reporting, WhatsApp users can now report accounts to WhatsApp by marking a specific message. This can be done by simply long-pressing a particular message to report or block a user. In its latest transparency report, WhatsApp says that it is prohibited Over 2.2 million accounts in the month of September alone. While most of the accounts were banned, as automated tools were put in place by WhatsApp to detect phish accounts.
Other security features introduced by WhatsApp include the ability to control who sees a user’s profile photo, last seen, about and status. It also enables users to block accounts as and when required. WhatsApp also offers users two-step verification to add an extra layer of security. For group chats, WhatsApp has group privacy settings that let users control who adds them. The company also recently introduced Vanishing Messages and View Once. The latter enables the user to send a photo or video which will disappear on WhatsApp once the recipient has opened it.