WhatsApp is testing the ability to send anonymous messages. Thanks to this innovation, you will be able to hide your number in communities.
WhatsApp continues to receive privacy-focused innovations. The messaging app is working on a simple but important feature for communities. The feature, which is being tested in WhatsApp Beta for Android and iOS, will make it possible to send anonymous messages.
Anonymous message feature coming to WhatsApp communities
It turns out that WhatsApp is testing a new privacy feature for community members, allowing them to hide their phone numbers from other members. The tool, called “phone number privacy”, has been rolled out to some users for Android and iOS.
The new feature aims to address privacy concerns in WhatsApp communities. Currently, when you join a community, your number is visible to other members. Your number is also exposed if you send a message.
With “phone number privacy”, it will be possible to remain anonymous in crowded communities. This feature, which is available for beta, can be activated individually in each community. However, even if you hide your number, it will still be visible to community administrators and people who register you.
It is not yet clear when the phone number hiding feature will be available to all WhatsApp users. However, the fact that it is available to beta testers suggests that it may be available in the near future.
Phone number privacy is just one of the privacy innovations WhatsApp is rolling out. In recent months, the company has rolled out tools such as end-to-end encryption for all messages, hiding your last seen status and deleting messages for everyone.
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