Meta-owned WhatsApp is one of the most-used instant messaging platforms in the world. Most smartphone users would perhaps be using WhatsApp, which means that if you are added as a contact on someone’s phone they could see details like last seen online or even your status. It’s a bit of an invasion of privacy but it looks like WhatsApp is working on a feature that could prevent this.
According to a report by WABetainfo, WhatsApp has enabled a new feature to protect its users, “preventing unknown contacts to get your last seen and the online status if you have never chatted with them.”
A WhatsApp user, as per the report, contacted WhatsApp over the issue and got a reply from the customer support team. In the email, WhatsApp customer support said that “To improve the privacy and security of our users, we’re making it harder for people you don’t know and haven’t chatted with from seeing your last seen and online presence on WhatsApp.” WhatsApp categorically stated that this “will not change anything between you and your friends, family, and businesses who you know or have previously messaged.”
The report states that there many apps on App Store and Google Play Store which can be used to check last seen or online status of select contacts on WhatsApp. The new feature eliminates this and now unless you have an active chat with a person or if you have chatted with the person. No unknown person will be able to see when you were last seen on WhatsApp or your online status.