WhatsApp Is Watching You!
WhatsApp has been updating their application with new features every few months. While most of these updates have been welcomed happily by a majority of users, some have been the object of much flack. The latest feature from the Facebook owned company is the ability to track members of a group in real time.
According to a tweet by @WABetaInfo, the instant messaging app is making this Live Location Tracking feature available on iOS devices through WhatsApp beta v22.214.171.124 and on Android devices in WhatsApp beta v2.16.399.
Once you have turned on the feature, you will be able to see the live location of all the active group members. However, activating this will also make your location visible to the members of the group. With such a feature, it is natural that concerns about user’s privacy will arise. To alleviate these worries, the live location feature is automatically disabled and must be activated manually through the app’s Group Settings tab.
To enable it, open the ‘Show my Friends’ tab which is located in the group settings. After this, you can choose which individual group members you wish to see and turn the live location on for one minute, two minutes, five minutes or an indefinite amount of time.
Live Location Tracking was created to make it easier for individuals to find each other and organise group meetings. While it was already possible to send your location as a WhatsApp attachment, this new feature adds a greater level of accuracy as it provides real-time locations.
Another feature that is in the works for the instant messaging application is a tool which will allow a user to edit their sent messages or even recall them. For all those who often find themselves regretting a message, this feature is certainly one of the most welcomed additions. However, if this ability is indeed eventually added, it will only be possible with messages that have not been read as of yet.
What do you think of WhatsApp’s new Live Location Tracking feature?
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by techtalks @TechTalks February 10, 2017 10:05 AM UTC