WhatsApp has become a beacon for instant communication all over the world. There are billions of active users sending trillions of messages across different countries. With this much popularity and massive traffic of this app, it is very common for scammers to use unknown numbers and scam users for sensitive information. However, to ban this type of activity on this most favored platform, Meta has rolled out a new WhatsApp update.
WhatsApp Update to Silence Unknown Callers
WhatsApp has launched the latest feature that allows it to silence unknown calls automatically. This option is available when you go to WhatsApp’s settings, then ‘Privacy’, then ‘Calls’, and then you will have to turn on the ‘Silence Unknown Callers’ option. The platform says that this feature will “screen out spam, scams, and calls from unknown people for increased protection.”
When this option is turned on it disables all the calls from unknown numbers to make any noise by silencing them all. This includes both sound and visual forms of notifications that activate with a call. However, it doesn’t mean that their complete record will become non-existent. You can still see the missed calls in the recent calls section of WhatsApp.
“The addition of the feature comes after reports of an uptick in spam calls, particularly affecting Indian users. A month ago, TechCrunch reported that WhatsApp had introduced a new enforcement system that used machine learning to reduce the number of spam calls by a claimed 50 percent. Now, with the new silencing feature in the app, users can attempt to silence any spam calls not caught by the service’s automatic filters,” mentioned Theverge.
“In addition to the silencing feature, WhatsApp says it’s also adding a new “Privacy Checkup” feature that’s designed to inform users about the privacy and security options WhatsApp offers, step-by-step. The checkup covers several categories, including letting users choose who can contact them, and adding additional security to their account such as two-step verification or requiring biometric authentication to open the app,” further wrote.