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How to block marketing junk spam messages on WhatsApp

by KaranvirSingh77 / February 25, 2014 3:02 PM PST

I have recently started getting marketing messages (buy property, take loans, etc) on WhatApp from people I do not even know. With tighter controls on such messages via SMS (government's Do Not Call registry), advertisers are now using WhatApp to send messages as there are no current laws to regulate such advertising and soliciting via instant messengers. Presumably, the advertiser simply adds my mobile number to his phone and manages to send me a WhatApp message. My question is: Is there any way I can, in WhatApp, restrict incoming messages to only those from my own contact list?

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How to block marketing junk spam messages on WhatsApp
by mmpb22 / August 8, 2014 6:57 AM PDT

man, u know what company (or kind of company) is doing that? i received a couple of those too...

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(NT) No need to guess. What company bought Whatsapp?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 8, 2014 7:05 AM PDT
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They use a different WhatApp account each time
by KaranvirSingh77 / August 8, 2014 4:29 PM PDT

Unfortunately the same company sends me promotional messages from different WhatsApp accounts each time. I guess they have acquired an illegal stash of disposable SIM cards from somewhere. There are about a dozen companies targeting me but the total number of WhatsApps they have sent is over a hundred, a new number being used each time. I block the new number each time, but I need a feature to be able to block by looking up words. I don't think any third party app will be able to do this as WhatsApp probably does not give permission to any other app to read its messages. This feature will have to come from WhatsApp directly.

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Look at who bought them.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 25, 2014 11:42 PM PST

Now consider it's going to change. Vote with your fingers.

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This is a beauty and key feature and beauty of Whatsapp
by AJKHH / September 15, 2014 7:37 PM PDT

This is a beauty and key feature and beauty of Whatsapp same as it had that last seen feature which was no liked by many but still it was funny and actually helped whatsapp users incresed despite its negative aspects and issues of privacy.
Actually the beauty of whatsapp or viber lies in this fact you just add the the number to the cell phone and it shows if contact has whatsapp or not and you can contact anyone you want.

Secondly company are using such app for International and over seas marketing as it is cheap and just cost internet rather then hefty international instant message charges etc.

I guess the solution lies with the manufacture they will have to make it like facebook or instagram where without accepting the request you can not directly comments on posts etc. There is definitely a need for those technical issues to be addressed by the makers and owners. But I guess they are already making so much that they do not care.

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