Whatsapp rushes to hide the blue tick

By Jay Jay

Whatsapp, the social media giant are scrambling to undo a new feature they launched last week. The read reciept, denoted by a double check mark did more to harm than good for the company and they are now trying to roll back some of it with an update which makes the feature optional. 

Having introduced what was known as the blue tick, Whatsapp made sure senders got notified as soon as their messages were read by two blue tick marks at the end of the messages. To a majority of Whatsapp users, this seemed the end of their privacy as they would now have to explain their ‘excuses’ of reading the messages late or actually reading them but not replying, whichever may be the case.

The ‘corrective’ feature ensures that Whatsapp users can now go to the app settings and disable the read receipts that ensure senders do not get notified anymore.

Android users have the option of downloading the new feature from Whatsapp’s website until it is rolled out by Google Play.

There have been no indication yet on the release of the new privacy feature on Apple Store. Fingers crossed for iOS users till then!

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