WhatsApp, owned by Meta, has introduced a new feature enabling users to block spam directly from their lock screens. This update is designed to address the growing issue of spam messages and empower users with greater control over their messaging experience. Spam messages, ranging from promotional offers to fraudulent schemes, have been a persistent concern for messaging platforms like WhatsApp.
With this new feature, WhatsApp users can identify and block spam messages without unlocking their devices or navigating through the app. When a spam message notification appears on the lock screen, users can long-press on the notification to access various options, including the ability to block the sender instantly. A secondary prompt is displayed, providing the option to report the contact as well.
WhatsApp has already implemented cautionary notes below contact details for unknown numbers, offering options to add the contact, block it, or report and block it. Additionally, users can proactively block a contact through the More Options section on the Home page.
While WhatsApp requires users to register their phone numbers, privacy concerns persist. The company is reportedly exploring ways to enable platform connections without the need for exchanging phone numbers.
In addition to this update, WhatsApp is set to support cross-platform messaging, allowing users from different messaging platforms to text those on WhatsApp. A “Third Party Chats” section will be available on the application’s home interface, separating messages received from users on other platforms from in-app chats protected by WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption.