Regarding the private group chat link provided on Google search, WhatsApp said on Monday that it had asked Google not to index such chats and advised users not to share group chat links on publicly accessible websites.
Google has indexed the invitation link into WhatsApp private chat groups, which means that anyone can join various private chat groups through a simple search.
The indexed WhatsApp group chat link has been removed from Google.
Independent cybersecurity researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia shared screenshots with IANS on Sunday showing the index of WhatsApp group chat invitations on Google.
A WhatsApp spokesperson told IANS: “Since March 2020, WhatsApp has included the “noindex”
A spokesperson for the company added: “Links that users wish to share privately with people they know and trust should not be posted on publicly accessible websites.”
This problem first appeared in February last year, when Jane Wong, an application reverse engineer, found that Google only had to search for “chat.whatsapp.com” (about part of the URL for the invitation to join a WhatsApp group) and get about 470,000 results. .
Reporter Jordan Wildon (Jordan Wildon) also discovered that WhatsApp’s “invite group link” feature allows Google to index indexed groups so that they can be used on the Internet, because the link is one of WhatsApp’s secure private messaging service. Shared outside.
A WhatsApp spokesperson further stated that as a reminder, “every time someone joins a group, everyone in the group will receive a notification, and the administrator can revoke or change the group invitation link at any time”.
Danny Sullivan, Google’s public search liaison, tweeted earlier: “Search engines like Google list pages from the open web. This is what happened. This has nothing to do with the fact that websites allow URLs to be listed publicly Different. We do provide tools that allow websites to block content listed in our results.”
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