The beta versions of the WhatsApp application for Android and iOS have a feature called Phone Number Privacy, which will help completely hide numbers in communities, the resource writes. WABetaInfo.
The numbers of participants in public chats are hidden from each other by default, but this has no impact on admins – their numbers are visible to everyone, and admins can also see the numbers of all participants. However, if a member leaves a reaction to a message in a community ad group, their number will also be published.
The WhatsApp developers have decided to add a new privacy option that allows you to hide the phone number even in this case. Upon activation, users are informed that it is only available to the community admin and those who have access to the number from other chats. To contact a user who has hidden their number, you need to send them a request to share their contact information.
So far, the feature is only available to some members of the WhatsApp beta programs on Google Play and the App Store, and only works in communities. But over time it will be available in other groups and the audience of users who can use it will expand.