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What you need to know

  • WhatsApp is working on a new appeals process for bans.
  • A new feature uncovered in the beta will let users apply to be reinstated from within the app.
  • It should appear in a future update.

A new feature in WhatsApp will reportedly let users appeal account bans from directly within the app in a future version.

As reported by WABetaInfo, many WhatsApp users seem to fall foul of the platform's automated account banning system for no reason. But a new version of the app currently in beta reveals users will soon be able to appeal bans right within the app:

WhatsApp is now working on several improvements to restore user accounts, developing an in-app tool to review bans! When an account is banned, the user can request a review within WhatsApp

Screenshots reveal that users will get an in-app notification once their review has been processed and that this takes around 24 hours, in which time your chats are preserved in case the ban is overturned.

Last week it emerged that WhatsApp had started testing its promised view-once mode for sending pictures and videos, from that report:

From WABetaInfo:

After releasing an update for WhatsApp beta for Android, bringing the possibility to send photos and videos using a view once mode, WhatsApp is finally introducing the same feature for all iOS beta users today, thanks to the beta update from TestFlight.

As the report explains, the feature, which is already available on Android, lets people send photos and videos that disappear as soon as the recipient has opened it. It doesn't stop people from taking screenshots, but is a more private and secure way to share pictures and videos without leaving a trail.