The new feature received various reactions from the public.
KUALA LUMPUR: WhatsApp introduced a new feature Thursday which tells users not only when their messages have delivered, but also when they’ve been read.
The check marks which appear after you send a message will now have a third stage, which shows your message has been viewed.
According to the application’s Support Team, the new feature was aimed at eliminating confusion among its 600 million users.
Previously the first tick after you’ve sent a message means it has been successfully sent, while a double tick indicates the message has arrived on the receiver’s phone.
Now when the double ticks turns blue, it means the message has been read by the receiver.
This blue double tick is also available for messages sent in a WhatsApp group.
The new feature received various reactions from the public. While some applauded the feature, there are those who criticised the move, saying it will ruin lives and relationships.
Users now can no longer use the excuse of ‘not receiving a message’ when they simply did not want to reply to it.
So happy with the new update of Whatsapp. Yayy to the blue coloured ticks.
— Hahahaha! Really? (@RichaDKumar) November 6, 2014
Timeline filled with people saying about the blueticks on whatsapp
— ლ 紫玄 (@ClaireeeTan) November 6, 2014
The other new feature in whatsapp. Kkkkkkkpic.twitter.com/3it8uXjzmU— S'oneeeeee ❥ (@maristelasenora) November 6, 2014
whatsapp is going to cause more heartbreaks pic.twitter.com/KnE5XhRxHP— Your Girl ❤️ (@Sunnii10) November 6, 2014
I hate the updated whatsapp Blue or black ticks, I don't care, If I don't like you, I won't reply to you
— rachel (@rachelyappppp) November 6, 2014
B4 phones with locked batteries to constantly track us. Now Whatsapp making sure we reply. Tomo we aren't allowed to put our phones down.
— Kenny Sebastian (@knowkenny) November 6, 2014
Blue double ticks on WhatsApp? I foresee a lot of relationships problems on its way.
— Caleb Sing (@calebsinging) November 6, 2014
Whatsapp have no idea how much they're ruining lives and relationships with this new feature
— Sulaiti (@AbMS19) November 6, 2014
Power betul penangan whatsapp. Everybody is complaining right now. Complaining, hmm, does anybody find any alternative?
— Zulaikha Noor Azam (@zulaikhaazam) November 6, 2014
whatsapp is gonna cause more heartbreaks pic.twitter.com/JUMRAWLEgn