Not all users will be happy about this recently added WhatsApp privacy setting
The popular messaging app recently added support for disabling 'Read Receipts' for voice notes - which may not be what every user wants.
However, while the company still plans to enforce its new terms of service starting in May, the company has begun making a couple of privacy-friendly improvements to its popular voice note service. The company recently updated its privacy settings to respect the setting for “Read Receipts” for voice notes, the same way it does for messages sent on the platform.
WhatsApp feature leaker WABetaInfo first spotted the feature, observing that "...We don't know if WhatsApp will restore the old behaviour (about read receipt feature) in the next updates (because they didn't implement this change in the Android version yet), but at the moment the situation is so."
Most users will not mind the change, while some who are privacy-conscious might even appreciate it. But for the rest, that relied on the feature to keep track of whether their voice notes had been listened to, the new feature might not be very welcome. Now, if your recipient had turned off their Read Receipts previously, you won't be able to see if they have heard your message even if you have Read Receipts enabled.
If you are a WhatsApp user on the latest version of the app for iOS, you can head over to WhatsApp's settings menu, then go to Account and then tap Privacy and make the necessary changes to start protecting your privacy. It is currently unknown whether the Android version of WhatsApp will add the same toggle, but it is likely to arrive in a future version.