WhatsApp is once again in the news after it was noticed that Kashimiris (specifically, those people living in Kashmir) have started disappearing from group chats on the platform. Many users reported their concerns on social media given the current situation in the valley that has no Internet for over four months. WhatsApp has acknowledged the development in a statement to Gadgets 360, clarifying that the disappearance is due to the long inactivity of WhatsApp accounts. Some of the affected users are likely to permanently lose their account data, including chat logs, images, and videos, if they aren’t able to back up the data in 30 days from the deactivation.
Many people this week began reporting that their Kashmiri contacts were suddenly leaving their WhatsApp groups en masse. This struck them as strange since Internet services are inaccessible in the Kashmir valley thanks to a blockade since the night of August 4, raising the question of how they were able to access the Internet to leave groups.
“Suddenly all my contacts from Kashmir are ‘leaving’ the #Whatsapp groups, and their WhatsApp accounts are getting lost. Remember there is NO internet in #Kashmir from the last 4 months. What kind of sinister moves are these? @facebook @WhatsApp @UNGeneva @UNHumanRights,” wrote one Twitter user.
Some users speculated that WhatsApp deleted the accounts of particularly Kashmiri people. However, a WhatsApp spokesperson told Gadgets 360 that the sudden vanishing of the concerned users were a result of the company’s policy for inactive accounts.
“WhatsApp cares deeply about providing users everywhere with the ability to privately communicate with their friends and loved ones,” the spokesperson said in the statement. “To maintain security and limit data retention, WhatsApp accounts generally expire after 120 days of inactivity. When that happens, those accounts automatically exit all their WhatsApp groups. People will need to be re-added to groups upon regaining access to the Internet and joining WhatsApp again.”
“Kashmir contacts automatically ‘exiting’ from WhatsApp groups today,” one of the users posted while raising the concern on Twitter. “I know they would not have been able to see my messages anyway, but this is heartbreakingly symbolic.”
BuzzFeed News first reported the disappearances of Kashmiri WhatsApp users. The publication quoted some friends and family members who felt dismay due to the removal of their contacts from their group chats.
As per an FAQ listing available on the WhatsApp site, the instant message app completely deletes accounts that remain inactive for up to 30 days. This suggests that it is quite likely that many of the affected users in Kashmir may lose their account data permanently if they don’t activate them or at least back up their information such as chat logs or shared images or videos.
India is an important market for WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned firm has over 400 million users in the country as of July this year. In the recent past, it also used the India user base to test features such as payments and frequently forwarded label.
WhatsApp Payments: How to Send and Receive Money
WhatsApp has finally launched its payments feature in India. WhatsApp Pay is slowly being rolled out to people across the country, so if the feature hasn’t shown up for you yet, do not worry as it should show up soon.
WhatsApp Payments has been designed in partnership with the National Payments Corporation of India or NPCI, and it is based on the Unified Payments Interface or UPI. To get started you need to be on the latest version of WhatsApp for Android or iOS. Your WhatsApp number should be the same number that’s linked to your bank account too. Read this article, as we tell you everything you need to know about WhatsApp Payments.
WhatsApp Payments: How to set up
WhatsApp Pay enables peer to peer digital payment via the messaging platform. Here’s how to set up WhatsApp Payments on your smartphone.
- Open WhatsApp > go to Settings > tap Payments.
- Tap Add payment method. Next, choose your bank.
- After you’ve selected your bank, you’ll need to verify your phone number. Tap Verify via SMS.
- Wait for the verification process to finish. Once done, your bank details will be added below Payment methods.
WhatsApp Pay: How to make payments
WhatsApp Payments lets you send money to WhatsApp contacts as well people who are not registered with WhatsApp Pay. Follow these steps to send money to a WhatsApp contact.
- Open a WhatsApp chat and tap the attachment icon.
- Tap Payment > type the desired amount > hit enter.
- Enter your UPI pin to complete the payment.
Follow these steps to send money to those people who use other UPI apps such as PhonePe or Google Pay.
- Open WhatsApp > go to Settings > tap Payments.
- Tap New Payment > tap Send to a UPI ID > enter the UPI ID > hit Verify.
- After the UPI ID is verified, type the desired amount and hit enter.
- Enter your UPI pin to complete the payment.
You can also send a request to your WhatsApp contacts who have not yet registered with Whatsapp. To do that, follow these steps.
- Open a WhatsApp chat > tap the attachment icon > tap Payment.
- On the next screen, tap Notify to let the other person know about WhatsApp Payments feature.
By following these easy methods, you can start making digital payments via WhatsApp. This is everything that you need to know about WhatsApp Payments.
Introducing Disappearing Messages on WhatsApp
Today, WhatsApp messages often live on our phones forever. While it’s great to hold onto memories from friends and family, most of what we send doesn’t need to be everlasting.
Our goal is to make conversations on WhatsApp feel as close to in-person as possible, which means they shouldn’t have to stick around forever. That’s why we’re excited to introduce the option to use disappearing messages on WhatsApp.
When disappearing messages is turned on, new messages sent to a chat will disappear after seven days, helping the conversation feel lighter and more private. In a one-to-one chat, either person can turn disappearing messages on or off. In groups, admins will have the control.
We’re starting with seven days because we think it offers peace of mind that conversations aren’t permanent, while remaining practical so you don’t forget what you were chatting about. The shopping list or store address you received a few days ago will be there while you need it, and then disappear after you don’t. Read more about how to enable disappearing messages.
We hope people enjoy disappearing messages, which will be rolling out to users everywhere this month.
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