WHATSAPP users have been urged to install the latest update after privacy concerns were raised about personal data being shared with Facebook.
The forthcoming update includes a new privacy feature making it easier for the user to avoid certain contacts or hide information from specific users.
Many users feared that their conversations might also be shared.
The update adds a new option to the last seen privacy setting, according to WABetaInfo.
Before the new update, users had the option to show their status to everyone, their contacts or to no one at all.
It now has an additional ‘my contacts except…’ option, which lets users specify certain contacts they don’t want to see their last seen status.
The feature has been described as a “soft block” as it gives the appearance of the user not being online and so unable to reply to messages, however people will still be able to contact the user.
WhatsApp still has the option to completely block a contact.
The option will also be arriving for the profile photo and about section.
Updates will be rolled out with the WhatsApp beta version 220.127.116.11 and can be accessed via the account privacy settings under each respective option.