The parent company of WhatsApp, Meta, has launched a new feature to improve user protection in response to the mounting concerns around spam calls and frauds.
Incoming calls from unknown numbers can now be automatically muted for WhatsApp users, providing protection against spam, ripoffs, and unwanted contacts.
With this most recent update, the messaging service hopes to provide its users more autonomy and privacy.
Users can access the function by going to the WhatsApp settings, going to the “Privacy” tab, choosing “Calls,” and turning on the “Silence Unknown Callers” switch. When enabled, the feature will muffle any incoming calls from obscene or otherwise unwanted numbers, ensuring a peaceful and uninterrupted experience.
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When a call is silent, the app will not inform you visually or audibly, thus blocking out unwanted disruptions.
WhatsApp records these instances in the recent calls list even if it mutes the calls. Users can refer back to each hushed call’s “silenced unknown caller” note if they decide to return the call at a later time.
This function was added in response to recent reports that highlighted an increase in spam calls, with WhatsApp users being particularly affected.
A little over a month ago, WhatsApp put into place an enforcement system that used machine learning to reportedly cut spam calls by 50%. Users may more effectively counteract any spam calls that may have evaded the service’s automatic filters with the new silence option.
WhatsApp has expanded beyond its single Silence Unknown Callers feature. To inform drug users of the sequestration and security alternatives accessible, the site has also added a “sequestration scan” point.
Drug users may learn about colored orders in a step-by-step manner, including how to regulate who can transmit them and how to strengthen account security with features like two-step verification and biometric login.