WhatsApp is working on the ability to report status updates


After releasing a feature that makes viewing status updates right within the chat list possible, WhatsApp is now working on another feature to help the moderation team keep the platform safe for all users: the ability to report a status update for a future update of WhatsApp Desktop beta!


Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? Report status update
Status? Under development
Availability? WhatsApp is working on bringing the ability to report status updates to a future update of the app.
I’ve installed this update but I don’t see the report button. Why? The report button for status updates is under development so it is not ready to be released to the public, but you can discover a preview in this article.
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As you probably know, it is possible to report messages and contacts to WhatsApp in case you think there is a violation of their Terms of Service. When you report a contact, the last 5 messages in the conversation are forwarded to WhatsApp, but you can also choose to report specific messages. But what can you do if something that violates their Terms of Service is shared via status updates? WhatsApp is working on a solution for this situation right now by supporting a status report feature for a future update of WhatsApp Desktop beta:

As you can see in this screenshot, it will be possible to report a status update right within a new menu in the status section. Thanks to this option, in case you see any suspicious status update that may violate their Terms of Service, you will finally be able to report it to the moderation team. As happens with reporting messages, the status update will be forwarded to WhatsApp for moderation reasons so they can see if there is a violation.

Note that this feature does not break end-to-end encryption, as claimed by ProPublica last year due to misunderstanding since messages, voice calls, media, location sharing, calls, and status updates, are protected by the end-to-end encryption protocol on all of your devices: it means that nobody, not even WhatsApp and Meta, can see the content of your messages and listen to your private calls, but it is important to bring a report option to keep the platform and other people safe. All other instant messaging apps have a report feature that works exactly so.

The ability to report status updates is a feature under development and it will be released in a future update of WhatsApp Desktop beta. As always, there will be an additional article on this website when further information is available and we also expect to get the same feature on WhatsApp beta for Android and iOS in the future.

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