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Android users can dismiss WhatsApp 'blue ticks'. Here's how

WhatsApp's move to quietly introduce read receipts (letting people see exactly when a message is read, not just delivered) earlier this month angered a lot of its users and set off privacy concerns.

apps Updated: Nov 18, 2014 02:42 IST
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A week after Whatsapp introduced 'read receipts' feature in the form of two blue ticks, it has immediately stepped in and introduced another feature to disable it.

WhatsApp's move to quietly introduce read receipts (letting people see exactly when a message is read, not just delivered) earlier this month angered a lot of its users and set off privacy concerns. Earlier, the app used to show one tick mark when you sent a message, which changed to two grey ticks when it was delivered. This was changed and now it shows two blue ticks when the recipient has read your message.

The feature is only available to Android users who have downloaded the new beta version of the app. Users have to go to Settings > Privacy > and disable the 'Read Receipts' option to dismiss the blue ticks when you read the messages sent by other people, reported The Independent.

This feature has rolled out without an update to the app itself. This means that there was no privacy setting to disable read receipts when the feature was rolled out.

Currently the feature is only available to Android users who have downloaded the new beta version of the app. Users have to go to Settings > Privacy > and disable the 'Read Receipts' option to dismiss the blue ticks when you read the messages sent by other people, reported The Independent.

(With agency inputs)

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