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New WhatsApp update for Android is racist. Here's how

Shweta Sengar | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 3:56 IST

Among other updates by WhatsApp for Android, the most distinct is the skin tone variation for various existing emoji. The newly introduced skin tone variations for many emoji update clearly hints on racism by none other than WhatsApp.

WhatsApp Emoji

So whenever the users press for long on the hand emoji or any other one they can find them in pop-ups.

Other WhatsApp updates

Apart from this awfully racist update, WhatsApp has released numerous other updates for Android. It might be suffering outrage for other reasons, but there are some useful new features giving the users better control over notifications from individual contacts.

In a post The Next Web says, the update has added the ability to customise/change the read status for all users. Users can now mark the message as read or unread, when they press for long on a conversation in the Chats list.

However, this feature will not affect the read status on messages within the user's conversation. It is only there to make it easier to spot or ignore them.

Customised settings

Apart from other interesting features, the users can see fresh options for custom notifications when they open up a conversation and tap View Contact. There are many quick add-ons like settings for vibration alerts, lights, pop-ups and audio tones.

This will make it easier for the users to spot messages from important people without having to unlock their device.

With the new update, users can also put conversations on mute individual contacts for default periods like with group chats.

Also, the latest version brings a choice in the Chats and calls menu to reduce data usage while making calls.

First published: 26 August 2015, 2:54 IST
Shweta Sengar @ShwetaSengar

Shweta covers Science & Technology for Catch Live at Catch News, scouring the Internet to bring readers items of interest, both serious and amusing. A foodie, photography enthusiast and globetrotter, she has also worked at The Economic Times before joining the Catch team. She studied Commerce at Kanpur University and has a PGD in Advanced Journalism from YMCA, New Delhi.