WhatsApp has given a clarification regarding private chat leaking on Google.
Due to the flaws on WhatsApp, by searching the WhatsApp group on Google, you could read your chat and could also join your private group. WhatsApp has clarified this mistake.
- January 12, 2021, 3:11 PM IST
WhatsApp said on Monday that it is taking necessary steps to prevent Google indexing of its users and group invites. WhatsApp has asked Google not to make such chats public and has advised users not to share group chat links on publicly accessible websites.
Let us tell you that Google had indexed the invoice link for private WhatsApp group chats, which means that one can easily search and join various private chat groups. The index WhatsApp group chat link has now been removed from Google. A WhatsApp spokesperson said that from March 2020 WhatsApp has included noindex tag on all deep link pages, which will exclude them from indexing. A WhatsApp spokesperson said that we have given our feedback to Google not to index these chats.
Chats leaked from indexing group chat invitesLet us tell you that this problem was first seen in 2019, that time it was fixed after it became public. By allowing indexing of group chat invites, WhatsApp was making many private groups available on the Internet. Their links could be accessed using a simple search on Google, whoever found these links can not only join the group but members and others are being shared in the group with their phones. Can also see the number. Cyber security researcher Rajasekhar Rajharia posted a screen shot of this on Twitter.
People looking for other options like Telegram and Signal
Let me tell you that some of the links indexed by Google were linked to the WhatsApp group that shared porn. At the same time, some groups had links to WhatsApp groups related to particular community or other issues. WhatsApp cleans up the leak every time, but somewhere its privacy is slowly weakening, due to which people are looking for other options like telegram and signal.