WhatsApp is growing popular across many countries to date despite the emergence of other messaging apps such as Messenger and Twitter.
In some cases, someone you know could block you intentionally, but you would not see that at first glance.
The platform might be user-friendly for others, but some said that a person could silently block somebody. There would be no notifications that would alert you that you have been blocked by someone.
According to the messaging app, you cannot directly tell the moment you get blocked, but there are signs that you should check to confirm it.
How to Know if Someone Blocks You in WhatsApp
According to an updated report by News18 on Tuesday, Aug.3, here are the clear signs that you are blocked by someone in WhatsApp:
If you can no longer see any trace of the person (e.g. last online time), that's one sign that you are blocked by someone.
Some users prefer to disable this feature for privacy purposes.
If you are not able to view the profile photo of a person, you might have been barred from interacting with someone.
Your messages and other media attachments fail to deliver
You can only see a lone tick beside the text in the chat window. In some cases, this appears when someone loses an internet connection.
If you cannot call someone, you are clearly blocked from sending a message to him/her.
Facebook Warns Users of Third-Party Apps
According to Ohio News Time, the above-mentioned signs would indicate that someone has been blocked in WhatsApp, but there are also other explanations for that.
Facebook, the company which owns the messaging platform, said that it does not know if someone else is blocking a person. However, some users want to track the activities that would hint at potential blocking.
The tech giant warned that those who rely on third-party apps should avoid it at all costs.
WhatsApp's Issue in Other Countries
In 2015, a judge from Brazil imposed a ban on Facebook's WhatsApp, but it was immediately lifted.
The following year, the messaging app got blocked again in the country. According to the source, the company has failed to comply with some requirements.
At that time, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that it was really a sad day for Brazil.
"Until today, Brazil has been an ally in creating an open Internet. I am stunned that our efforts to protect people's data would result in such an extreme decision by a single judge to punish every person in Brazil who uses WhatsApp. We hope the Brazilian courts quickly reverse course," Zuckerberg said.
WhatsApp has been fined $143,000 for every day that Facebook allowed it to operate in Brazil.
Truly, the power of the internet can dictate the fate of the tech giants. Amid misinformation and other crises, the companies should focus more on alleviating the psychological and emotional condition of the users rather than adding a burden to them.
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Written by Joseph Henry