April 1, 2020
Google Indexed WhatsApp Group Chat Links, making Private Groups Discoverable

Google Actually Indexed WhatsApp Group Chat Links, which Exposed Private Groups in Search

A Twitter user discovered that Google was indexing WhatsApp group chat links, making them and their content available to anyone…

While most people probably think only a small portion of the internet is off-limits to the public, that’s simply not true. In fact, the majority of content on the web is actually private, hidden behind corporate networks. But, even some otherwise private areas are accessible and that apparently is the case with WhatsApp group chat links.

Google Indexed WhatsApp Group Chat Links, making Private Groups Discoverable

Invitations to WhatsApp group chats are being actively indexed by Google, thereby making the links and the contents of private group chats, discoverable and available to anyone who joins.

According to a journalist, the ostensibly private links and conversations are readily accessible through Google. This might be a result of WhatsApp users sharing said links outside the ecosystem’s private messaging service.

At this time, there’s no official explanation to how this occurred.

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.

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