Whatsapp Relents, Makes Read Ticks Optional in New Beta Version

WhatsApp has rolled back its innovations of two blue ticks which can track whether your messages are read or not, if so the time in its new beta version of the messaging tool, which will be released on iTunes, Google Play Store, BlackBerry World and others.

The beta version of Whatsapp can be downloaded from the link HERE. Whatsapp has released the new version under 2.11.44 that comes in APK file ofrmat.

The blue ticks, which have been introduced after much enthusiasm recevied flak from many quarters. They appear next to the message sent by the user, when the message was sent and again when the message reaches the receiver.

Released early this month, these blue ticks have raised many eye-brows over its intervening nature, disturbing the people who do not want to be known that they did not read or not interested in responding to the sender of the message.

The privacy concern soon forced Wahtsapp to rethink and roll back the feature, making it optional now.

The WhatsApp website defended it initially saying it was meant to notify whether the sender has seen it or not. After the outcry over its intrinsic nature and violation of privacy of the receiver who may not want to respond or cover it up later saying he could not see it, WhatsApp’s latest beta version is providing a Read Receipts option in Privacy under Settings, which lets the user to turn off the function and stop the ticks from turning blue and showing the reality.

Whatsapp website FAQ throws more light on this:”What are thos blue marks next to your message?” says the opening and gives in details the merits and reasons for the ticks in the feature.

“Check marks will appear next to each message you send. Here is what each one indicates:

  • message successfully sent.
  • message successfully delivered to the recipient’s phone.
  • the recipient has read your message.

In a group chat, the second check marks will appear when all participants in the group have received your message. The two blue check marks will appear when all participants in the group have read your message.

The Message Info screen shows you who has seen your message and when. Learn more about the Message Info screen on Android | iPhone | BlackBerry | Windows Phone | Nokia S40 | Nokia S60 | BlackBerry 10.

If you only see a single check mark next to your message, there is likely nothing wrong with WhatsApp or your phone. There may be several reasons why your message has been sent, but not delivered to your chat partner:

  • Their phone might be off.
  • They could be sleeping, especially if they live in a different time zone.
  • They might be experiencing network connection issues.
  • They might have seen the notification on their screen, but did not launch the app (especially common if the recipient uses an iPhone).”

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