WhatsApp Safety Features: Everything You Need To Know

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(Last Updated On: August 16, 2022)

WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging platforms available to users worldwide. More than 400 million users hold private discussions in India alone.

The Meta-owned app is aware of how crucial it is to protect its users’ privacy and keep them secure online in today’s world. WhatsApp believes in being there for its users at every stage, whether that be empowering them with the right features to take their safety into their own hands, offering precautionary safeguards for them online, or giving them access to the resources to educate them.

To help users get the most out of their WhatsApp experience and not succumb to online risks, the app has continuously driven initiatives to safeguard them by educating users on how to safeguard their online safety. In this article, we are highlighting a few ways WhatsApp has worked to actively protect its users’ safety:

End-to-End Encryption

The privacy of its users is WhatsApp’s top priority, which is why end-to-end encryption is enabled by default in the app. It makes sure that nobody, not even WhatsApp, can read or listen to what is sent, only the user and the person with whom the user is conversing. This makes sure that none of the user’s calls, status updates, images, videos, voice messages, or other content can get up into the wrong hands.

Product Features

Within the desktop and mobile apps, WhatsApp offers a number of security safeguards that users may use to protect themselves from unsolicited communication and online scams. While the Indian population is familiar with some of the typical ones like ‘deleted messages’ and restricted access to accounts, the Meta-owned platform has special features for WhatsApp web and advanced message level reporting.

Preventative Actions

WhatsApp continuously pursues proactive steps to identify rogue actors and takes required action against harmful/suspicious accounts based on user reports and activities, along with unencrypted information. Among other things, WhatsApp’s monthly user safety report that complies with the IT Rules 2021 is a testament to the fact.

In addition to this, WhatsApp offers a number of other initiatives to protect users from online risks, including a ‘Safety in India’ reference hub, India grievance officer, and collaborations with third-party fact-checkers. Also, the app is aggressively combating the issue of the spread of false information and establishing a secure environment for its users.

Furthermore, WhatsApp continues to collaborate extensively with law enforcement agencies, carefully reviewing all requests from these agencies in accordance with the law and its policies.

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