This is a significant development after the new Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw made it crystal clear within minutes of taking charge that “law of the land is supreme” and no one can afford to disrespect it.
After persistent reminders, the users will encounter limited functionality on WhatsApp until they accept the updates.
To date, iOS 9 users were able to use the encrypted chat service.However, now iOS 10 is required which means users will need an iPhone 5 or later model to use WhatsApp
WhatsApp allows you to archive your chats, mute groups, and even start important messages but now you can use it to chat with yourself for taking notes, making to-do lists, saving important links and many more.
In the note, WhatsApp linked to a newly created FAQ page that says its policy related to inactive users will apply after May 15, TechCrunch reported.
In a new blog post on Thursday, WhatsApp said that in the coming weeks, it will display a banner in its main platform providing more information that people can read at their own pace.
According to the WABetaInfo report, the WhatsApp feature is available for Android 184.108.40.206 beta. The feature is not visible to users as of now, as the messaging platform is still working on the feature that is expected to roll out sometime in the future.
The policy was, however, put on hold till May 15 due to a massive backlash by the users. It aims to share commercial user data with parent Facebook.
In a bid to allow cross-messaging among its family of apps, Facebook has reportedly started merging Instagram and Messenger chats. The social network has already integrated Messenger rooms with WhatsApp on the Web.
According to the information on the WhatsApp FAQ section, WhatsApp will only be compatible with phones running the Android 4.0.3 operating system or newer as well as iPhones running on iOS 9 and newer.
The settings are likely to be based on Android’s BiometricPrompt API, which allows apps to use biometric unlock for authentication.
The upcoming ‘Expiring Media’ feature is an extension to another under-development feature called ‘Expiring Messages’.
According to WABetainfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp in Beta, the mobile messaging platform has dedicated a team to work on making the entire browser service more secure.
Currently, WhatsApp works on a single device and it is not possible to use the account on multiple devices, a most requested demand from the users.
Talking to analysts during an earnings call on Thursday, Zuckerberg said that a lot of people use WhatsApp, especially in India.
WhatsApp went down on June 19 for millions of users in India and elsewhere who reported issues with privacy settings as well as last seen online status not working.
In an interview with Forbes, Acton explained that a disagreement on monetising WhatsApp was the reason he quit Facebook and gave up $850 million on the table.
The top German court found that Facebook was using its dominant position in the market to collect user data.
Reliance Retail’s partnership with WhatsApp holds promise for RRL’s new commerce platform, JioMart. The pilot, launched in some geographies last year, now extends to Mumbai.
This feature is available both on Android and iPhone. Here is a step by step guide you can follow to enable Group privacy settings on your smartphone.
People can create a room right from Messenger or Facebook, and invite anyone to join the video call, even if they don’t have a Facebook account.
A report in the Wall Street Journal in January this year said that the social networking giant had put WhatsApp advertising “on ice”.
While you’re in a call, WhatsApp also shows a new header, informing that the call is end-to-end encrypted.