WhatsApp is testing this new feature with beta testers on Android and iOS devices. The messaging app has been consistently adding new features to its mobile app as well as a desktop version to curb abusive and spam messages on the platform.
The new feature has been spotted by WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo in WhatsApp for iOS beta versions 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52. According to the report, user reports will allow the app to forward only the reported messages to WhatsApp and notify the sender about it.
This process will be different from the existing one, where five of the most recent messages are forwarded to WhatsApp when a user reports a business on the basis of the complete chat, the report suggests. A new “Report" option can be spotted on the beta version of WhatsApp when users tap and hold a message. A similar reporting feature has been on recent WhatsApp for Android beta releases.
On Android, the feature has been found in WhatsApp beta version 184.108.40.206 for a large number of beta testers. The users need to long-press on the singular message and then click the three-dot menu on the top right corner of the screen, and select “Report." The timing of the rollout of the feature is still not clear though.
This is not the first time that WhatsApp has been found working on its reporting mechanism. Recently the company enhanced its security levels by adding end-to-end encryption to the cloud backups where chats are being stored.