The WhatsApp app for iOS has welcomed a new exciting feature that lets users watch Netflix video trailers within the chat app. This exciting piece of information was made available by reliable blogger who has inside info when it comes to WhatsApp—WABetaInfo.
The service, according to the report, is one of many others currently being worked on; but could actually be one that endears every user even more to the app. Both WhatsApp and Netflix are popular apps in their respective rights, and could very well boost their rising profiles.
When you share a compatible Netflix link, WhatsApp will show a large thumbnail alongside a Play icon. Upon tapping the Play icon, WhatsApp will show the video within the app—and this is without even opening the Netflix app or exiting the chat app.
In other WhatsApp news, we are approaching that phase where people will no longer have the ability to thrust you into a group without your permission—WhatsApp is already seeing to this. That is some good news, and I am glad to say that phase is already before us.
Last December, the Indian government pressured [maybe lobbied] the chat app to consider adding a feature that will ensure people are not added to a group chat without their consent. Going forward, and for everyone; your consent would be required before anyone can add you to any group chat.
A new privacy setting is being added to WhatsApp for groups. The setting will let you choose who can invite you to any group chat in the first place. Options would include “everyone,” “your contacts,” or “nobody.” Choose the latter two, those that have been restricted would not be able to force you into a group. To add you to any group, people that fall into those two latter categories would have to send you an invite privately that would also require your approval or otherwise.
The feature can be found under Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups. The new privacy feature is expected to start rolling out and will on Tuesday, and should be available to everyone in the next couple of weeks.
Last December, the ministry of electronics and IT (MeitY) wrote to WhatsApp to consider introducing a feature that will prohibit a user’s number from being added to any group without his consent.
This came on the heels of several complaints received by some government agencies from people that they were being added to groups repeatedly without their consent. A senior government official told the Financial Express that representation from several government agencies have been received, which formed the ministry’s decision to take up the matter with WhatsApp.