Profile images on WhatsApp: Among the numerous adjustments that WhatsApp has been reported to be testing lately, the newest one is stated to be the profile image privacy setting. Rumour mill has it that WhatsApp for Android is testing a setting that would enable customers to hide their profile images from specific men and women in the contacts. This new custom setting is probably to be out there alongside the currently current privacy alternatives that let you select involving displaying your profile image to all contacts, absolutely everyone or to noone. Reports recommend that these are a aspect of enhancing the privacy of customers, and this custom setting would also be implemented to ‘last seen’ and ‘about’ status.
The development was tracked by WABetaInfo, which stated that the beta version 188.8.131.52 of WhatsApp showed 4 profile photo privacy setting alternatives rather of the usual 3. Along with the currently present Everyone, My Contacts, and Nobody settings, there seemed to be a new selection that stated ‘My Contacts except…’. Clicking on the last selection is stated to enable customers to choose contacts that they do not want to show their image to.
It is probably that this setting selection would not stay restricted just to profile image, but would also be expanded to ‘last seen’ and ‘about’ status updates, the report stated.
However, it is not however clear if the immediate messaging platform is hunting to roll out this feature in Android initially, particularly considering the fact that reports had also earlier shown a screenshot of an iPhone getting the very same custom setting for the ‘last seen’ feature. This custom setting had been launched by the Facebook-owned platform for ‘status’ in 2017, and for group privacy settings in 2019, so it is protected to say that the setting is extended due for last seen and profile images.
Even although the feature has been spotted in a current WhatsApp for Android beta release, the feature is not however out there to beta testers. It is also unclear if this setting, if at all getting released, would be released in phases – going out for profile images initial and then for ‘last seen’ and ‘about’ – or if it would be released for all the 3 functions at as soon as.