WhatsApp introduces “My Contacts Except” feature, new user interface for contact, group information for Android beta users: report

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WhatsApp is reportedly introducing a My Contacts Except … privacy feature that gives users control over who can see their information on WhatsApp. The instant messaging app is also releasing a new interface for contact information and group information for certain Android beta testers, as stated in a separate report. Previously, this interface was only available when viewing Business Info. Regardless, Android beta users are also getting an updated message disappearing feature. This feature allows users to choose between a short-lived duration of 24 hours, seven days, and 90 days as the default message timer for chats to disappear. Third, WhatsApp has improved its multi-device functionality.

The option “My contacts except …” will be introduced with the WhatsApp beta update for Android 2.21.23.14 according to the WhatsApp features tracker WABetaInfo. This feature allows users to choose who can see their information such as “Last Seen” status, profile photo and “About” description on WhatsApp. It’s a fourth option next to Everyone, My Contacts, and Nobody in the Recently Viewed Settings menu. Users must select the contacts they do not want to share information with from the “My contacts except …” option. The contacts not selected here can still see all the information as before. Also, if a user turns off Last Seen status for certain contacts, they will not be able to see their Last Seen status either. This Last Seen rule doesn’t apply to Info and Profile Photo.

According to another report from WABetaInfo, the WhatsApp beta for Android 2.21.23.13 update brings a variety of new functions for beta testers. The first is the release of a new contact information interface that was released with the WhatsApp beta for Android 2.21.23.12. WhatsApp is to introduce the new user interface for further beta testers in the latest update. The report says that users may also be able to see the new user interface for group information.

Additionally, the Disappearing Messages feature gives users the option to choose between 24 hours, seven days, and 90 days of ephemeral duration. The change was previously available to beta testers on iOS and is now available to Android testers. The function was introduced by Meta’s own app last year and offered the option of automatically disappearing a certain message after seven days. The update now offers options for the duration of messages to automatically disappear on WhatsApp.

The latest rollout also brings optimizations to the multi-device update. WABetaInfo tweeted that after the beta update for multiple devices, WhatsApp will not send notifications of security code changes if the list of linked devices is changed. Security codes are used to verify that the calls and messages a user sends to this chat are end-to-end encrypted. These codes are unique for each chat, says WhatsApp.

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Sourabh Kulesh is Chief Sub Editor at Gadgets 360. He has worked for a national newspaper, news agency, magazine and now writes technology news online. He has knowledge of a wide range of topics related to cybersecurity, business and consumer technology. Write to sourabhk@ndtv.com or contact him on Twitter through his handle @KuleshSourabh. More Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen “extremely concerned” from Metaverse

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