WhatsApp remains the most popular messaging app in the world, with hundreds of millions of active users each day.
Since the first days, the developers were hard at work on the app, releasing a constant stream of updates that arrived with new features and functions. The latest update for both the iOS and Android versions of the app will no longer allow group admins to add new users to a group without their consent.
The new feature can be enabled by accessing the privacy settings of the app. Three options will allow users to choose who has the ability to add them to groups:
- My contacts
- My contacts except…
The last option will allow users to add certain contacts to a list, and they will have to send a group chat invite through private conversations before they can add you to a group. The invitation will be available for three days.
A previous update that was released earlier this week allows iOS users to watch Netflix videos within the app. This means that users will no longer have to leave the app preview content in a fashion similar to how Instagram and YouTube content can also be viewed within WhatsApp.
The security of the app was also enhanced after Android users receive the option to secure the app by using your fingerprint as an authentication method. This will prevent curious people from accessing your device even if it is already unlocked due to one reason or another.
It is thought that a major update will be released in the following months, with the key feature being support for Libra, a cryptocurrency developed by Facebook. At this point, it is not known when Libra will be released as the future currency has to undergo a few regulatory checks before it is approved.
Facebook plans to allow people to send and receive funds with the help of all of its apps, including Instagram and Messenger.