WhatsApp Beta Introduces Phone Number Privacy Feature to Enhance Account Security

WhatsApp is taking significant strides to bolster account security for its community users by introducing a new feature that allows individuals to conceal their phone numbers from others. This move comes as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to prioritize user privacy and safeguard their personal information.

In a typical community chat, participant names are hidden from each other, with the exception of administrators who have access to everyone’s names. However, a potential vulnerability was identified by WABetaInfo, wherein responding to a message in a community announcement group would inadvertently expose the user’s phone number, compromising their anonymity. With the introduction of the “Phone Number Privacy” feature, this concern is effectively addressed, empowering users to protect their contact information from prying eyes.

How WhatsApp’s Phone Number Privacy Feature Works