According to the latest revelation from independent feature specialist WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has implemented a privacy update that prevents users on the messaging network from accessing the “Last Seen” status of people with whom they have never talked.
Regular WhatsApp users will recognize that a contact’s “Last Seen” status appears at the top of the discussion thread, notifying you when that contact last accessed the app and was active on the platform. Users may turn off their “Last Seen” status so that other contacts don’t know when they were last online, but the options are presently restricted to “Everyone,” “My Contacts,” and “Nobody.”
The most recent upgrade is believed to be a privacy and security feature that will prohibit people you don’t know or haven’t talked with from seeing your “Last Seen” status and online presence in the app.
According to WhatsApp support, the change has no effect on people or companies that a user knows or has already messaged.
To protect our users’ privacy and security, we’re making it more difficult for individuals you don’t know and haven’t interacted with to view your last seen and online presence on WhatsApp. This will have no effect on your relationships with friends, family, and companies you know or have already messaged.
According to WABetaInfo, if a user can’t see the “Last Seen” status of any contacts they’ve already chatted with, it’s because they’ve turned off the visibility of their “Last Seen” status or adjusted it on a contact-by-contact basis, a feature that is currently available to some WhatsApp beta users but has yet to roll out globally.