WhatsApp group chats invitations are being indexed by Google, making the invite links including links to private group chats discoverable and available to anyone who wants to join.
😎Did i say we are Secure 🙇😭I lied !
As you see above Journalist Jordan Wildon said on Twitter that he discovered that WhatsApp’s “Invite to Group Link” feature lets Google index groups, making them available across the internet since the links are being shared outside of WhatsApp’s secure private messaging service.
But wait whats app actually warns from sharing private links …or do they 🙈
links that users wish to share privately with people they know and trust should not be posted on a publicly accessible website:
She explained in an email to The Verge, “like all content that is shared in searchable public channels, invite links that are posted publicly on the internet can be found by other WhatsApp users
Facebook spokesperson Alison Bonny
Ok ok ok you heard that right whats app or rather Facebook gives a warning. So who is at fault is it Google or is it Facebook
Our king pin Google declined to provide comment on the record, but Danny Sullivan, the company’s public liaison for search, tweeted that
Search engines like Google & others list pages from the open web. That’s what’s happening here. It’s no different than any case where a site allows URLs to be publicly listed.
He included a link to directions in Google’s Help Center for blocking content from being included in search results.
But lets be real WhatsApp, of course, has had its share of security-related headaches in recent months. An alleged hack by Saudi Arabia into Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ phoneback in 2018 was reportedly carried outvia a malware-infected WhatsApp message. Last May, a vulnerability discovered in the app was being used to inject spyware on Android and iOS phones via phone call.
So we cant blame them can we ? As we say in Kenya bora uhai