WhatsApp, the Meta-owned messaging app, has rolled out a new feature allowing users to block spam directly from their lock screens.
This update will allow users to have more control over their messaging experience and to combat the growing number of spam messages. WhatsApp have been affected by spam messages, which flooded users with unwanted messages ranging from fraudulent schemes to promotional offers.
By allowing users to take action directly from their lock screens, WhatsApp aims to enhance user privacy and security while fostering a more seamless messaging experience.
The new feature enables WhatsApp users to identify and block spam messages without needing to unlock their devices or navigate through the app. When a spam message notification appears on the lock screen, users can now long-press on the notification to access multiple options, including the option to block the sender instantly. WhatsApp displays a secondary prompt to report the contact as well.
Notably, whenever the user receive a message from an unknown number, WhatsApp already shows a warning note below the contact details. This is followed by options to add the contact, block it or report and block it. Other than these direct options, you can preemptively block a contact. In the More Options section on the Home page, go to Settings > Privacy > Blocked contacts > Add > Search or select the contact you wish to block.
Users are required to register their phone numbers on WhatsApp. Anyone with the user’s contact details can send you a message on WhatsApp. However, this has continued to be a privacy concern. The company has reportedly been working on a way to allow connecting on the platform without exchanging phone numbers.