WhatsApp, owned by Meta, has introduced a new feature aimed at empowering users to combat the rising tide of spam messages directly from their lock screens. The move comes as a response to the persistent challenge of undesirable messages, ranging from promotional content to fraudulent schemes, plaguing messaging platforms. With this update, users can now take action against spam messages without unlocking their devices or navigating through the app, providing a more efficient and secure messaging experience.
The new feature allows users to long-press on a spam message notification on their lock screens, revealing multiple options, including the ability to instantly block the sender. WhatsApp also prompts users to report the contact, reinforcing its commitment to user privacy and safety. Additionally, the platform already displays a cautionary note below contact details for unknown numbers, offering options to add, block, or report and block the contact. Beyond these direct options, users can proactively block a contact by navigating to the More Options section on the Home page, going to Settings > Privacy > Blocked contacts > Add, and searching or selecting the contact to block.
In light of ongoing privacy concerns, where anyone with access to your contact details can send messages, WhatsApp is reportedly working on a solution to allow connections on the platform without the need for exchanging phone numbers. Furthermore, WhatsApp is set to support cross-platform messaging soon, enabling users from different messaging platforms to send texts to WhatsApp users. The introduction of a “Third Party Chats” section on the home interface will segregate messages from users on other platforms while maintaining the in-app chats’ end-to-end encryption, ensuring a comprehensive yet secure messaging experience.