Instant messaging services introduced the thought of online statuses, allowing users to understand whether their intended recipients are even around to read their messages. That eventually evolved into “Last Seen” information that provides people some insight into a part of your life. Most messaging services allow you to turn Last Seen visibility on or off, but WhatsApp could be considering how to offer users finer control over who can see it and who can’t.
For years now, WhatsApp allows users to regulate who can see their Last Seen status but during a more generic way. Alongside Profile and About information, users can only select between allowing everyone to ascertain their Last Seen status, allowing nobody to ascertain it, or letting only Contacts view the knowledge. There’s no flexibility for love or money in between, but WABetaInfo has seen clues of that changing sometime within the near future.
According to the location , WhatsApp will have a replacement “My Contacts Except…” option for those three older choices. The feature seems to be straightforward and would allow you to have a kind of blacklist among your contacts. Everyone in your contacts list will be ready to see your Last Seen status except those you increase this list.
This new privacy feature also will be available to regulate the visibility of Profile Photos and Bios. This could be handy in times once you wish to “hide” from certain contacts but not from everyone else. Of course, this feature still works just like the others, and you won’t be ready to see the Last Seen status of individuals you select to cover your status from.
The screenshot above was taken from WhatsApp on iOS, but there’s little reason to believe it won’t be available on Android also . However, there’s still no clue when this feature will roll out at the instant because it is reportedly still in development.