WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 184.108.40.206.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is releasing the ability to report status updates and a permanent mute option within notifications, for some beta testers!
|Name of the feature?||Report status updates|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11 is marked as a compatible update, but some users may be able to get the same feature after installing one of these builds: 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124, and 126.96.36.199.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature has been released to some beta testers. WhatsApp plans to release it to even more people in the future.|
|Thanks:||Swakshan, TheNewsHQ, Sc, AnonymousWP, and kingcyrious, for testing and reporting!|
|How to join the community on WhatsApp?||WABetaInfo Community|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for Android 188.8.131.52: what’s new? WhatsApp is redesigning the Status tab to include newsletters, providing a new way for users to receive updates!|
In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 184.108.40.206 update, we announced that a new feature was under development: the ability to report status updates. Thanks to this option, users would have been able to report certain status updates that may violate the Terms of Service to the moderation team. The feature has recently been released to some beta testers that install the WhatsApp beta for iOS 220.127.116.11 update from the TestFlight app and it is now rolling out to certain users on the latest Android beta:
As you can see in this screenshot, this feature is enabled for your account in case you see a new “report” action within the status options. When you report a status update, it will be forwarded to WhatsApp for moderation reasons. If it violates their Terms of Service, the account may be suspended from using WhatsApp.
We would like to clarify some important points regarding the use of this feature:
- This feature does not compromise end-to-end encryption as messages and calls are always protected by end-to-end encryption on all devices. This means that no one else, not even WhatsApp, Meta, and a proxy provider, can read your personal messages and listen to your private calls.
- A similar report feature is not so unusual as other instant messaging apps have similar report features to keep the platform and users safe.
In addition, some users may be able to see a mute option within their message notifications. Actually, WhatsApp had already released this feature back in 2017, although the mute button was only visible when receiving a large number of messages from a contact or group. After this update, the mute button is always visible in any circumstance.
The ability to report status updates is available for some beta testers after installing the latest update of WhatsApp beta for Android on the Play Store. In case the feature is not enabled for your WhatsApp account, please note that it is rolling out to even more people over the coming days.
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