This new option hides the IP address from other parties by relaying calls through the WhatsApp Server. (Photo: Android Authority)
JAKARTA – Meta added a new option for WhatsApp, namely ‘Protect IP Address in Calls’ which helps hide the user’s location from other parties on the call.
This new option hides the IP address from the other party by relaying the call through the WhatsApp Server, ensuring that the other party in the call cannot see the IP address and further guess the general geographic location.
“Most calling products people use today have peer-to-peer connections between participants. These direct connections allow for faster data transfer and better call quality, but also mean that participants need to know each other’s IP addresses,” explained WhatsApp in a blog post on Wednesday quoted from Gulfnews, Saturday (11/11/2023).
“IP addresses may contain information that some users who care deeply about our privacy consider, such as general geographic location or internet service provider,” explained WhatsApp again.
This new feature is claimed to provide an additional layer of privacy and security especially aimed at users who care most about privacy. When using call relay, the company mentions that users may encounter a reduction in call quality and also emphasizes that “calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted. As a result, no one can listen in on the call including the operator.”
To access it, use Settings, then Privacy, then click Advanced, and can immediately enable or disable Protect IP Address in Calls.
WhatsApp Division Head Will Cathcart explained that the popular messaging platform can show ads in Status, the platform’s Stories-like feature, and channels but not in the main inbox.
In an interview with Brazilian media, Cathcart said that the company does not plan to place any ads in the main chat but may display ads elsewhere.