Preventing Spam and Scam Calls: WhatsApp's New Feature Allows Users to Silence Unknown Callers

WhatsApp has unveiled an exciting update that allows users to silence calls from unknown numbers. This latest feature aims to provide enhanced privacy and control over incoming calls, enabling users to effectively filter out spam, scams, and calls from unfamiliar contacts.

Silence Unknown Callers

In their recent blog post, WhatsApp highlighted the significance of the 'Silence Unknown Callers' update in ensuring user protection. By activating this feature, users can conveniently screen unwanted calls, which will no longer ring on their phones. However, these calls will still be visible in the Call list, ensuring important calls are not missed.

To activate this feature, simply navigate to Settings > Privacy > Calls > Silence unknown callers.

WhatsApp new feature allows users to silemce Unknown Callers

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WhatsApp further elaborates on the functionality, allowing users to contact unknown callers from the Calls tab or send them a message by tapping on their number. It's important to note that once a user reaches out to a silenced caller, future silencing of their calls will not be possible. Alternatively, users have the option to block calls from unknown numbers entirely.

Privacy Checkup

To enhance user privacy, WhatsApp is introducing Privacy Checkup, a step-by-step guide that assists users in navigating the various privacy settings available within the app. Privacy Checkup provides controls to manage contact permissions, secure personal information like profile photos, and implement additional security measures such as fingerprint lock.

New Privacy Features: Silence Unknown Callers and Privacy Checkup

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Other Additional Features

In addition to end-to-end encryption, the company continues to introduce other privacy features, including Chat Lock, Disappearing Messages, screenshot blocking for View Once, and the ability to maintain online presence privacy.

The addition of Silence Unknown Callers and Privacy Checkup expands WhatsApp's range of privacy-focused features, providing users with more control and peace of mind. Recognizing the importance of secure communication, WhatsApp is raising awareness about privacy measures worldwide.

Recently, WhatsApp launched a campaign encouraging users to securely connect with friends and loved ones via private messages, emphasizing the availability of a safe and confidential space for open conversations.


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