WhatsApp users say major change to app is perfect for unfaithful partners to ‘cheat in peace’

WHATSAPP’S latest feature has been accused of making the popular messaging app a cheater’s paradise.

Users have joked on social media that the app’s brand new Chat Lock feature has ‘upgraded’ infidelity over the ability to keep secret conversations locked behind a password.

PThe Chat Lock feature joins WhatsApp’s growing list of privacy features, such as end-to-end encryption (e2ee), encrypted backups, disappearing messages, screenshot blocking, and controls over who can see when you were last online and more.

While it can be used for more innocent purposes such as planning surprises or even sending cheeky messages inside committed relationships, others are very aware of how the feature is likely to be abused.

One user wrote on Twitter: “WhatsApp will now let you lock and hide ‘intimate conversations’, cheaters have a whole new way to cheat.”

“Ok, I reckon those at the top [of WhatsApp] must be perennial cheats or sumin,” added another user.

“Cos I get e2e encryption and disappearing messages but what is THIS for??”

“On behalf of CPA (cheating partners association) we commend the great work you are doing,” a Facebook user commented under the announcement.

WhatsApp users have joked that they can now “cheat in peace” thanks to the feature which was announced yesterday afternoon.

“New locked chats in WhatsApp make your conversations more private,” Mark Zuckerberg announced in a Facebook post yesterday.