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WhatsApp groups have once again started appearing on Google search. The result is that any user can search and join private WhatsApp groups on Google. Earlier in 2019, such an incident had come to the fore and then the company fixed it when it went public. But this matter has come to the fore once again in 2021. Due to this problem, people’s phone numbers and profile pictures can be revealed through Google search.

By indexing group chat invites, WhatsApp is making available the information of many private groups on the web. through search in Whatsapp Groups can be searched and joined. Although we are not sharing the exact details about it, but it has been verified by Gadgets 360 itself, where many WhatsApp groups can be seen on Google search. Users who find these WhatsApp group links on the web can not only join the group, but they can also access the phone numbers and posts of other users in the group.

Update: WhatsApp said in its reply that, “From March 2020, WhatsApp has included all deep link pages in the ‘noindex’ tag, which is Google Gadgets 360 was able to confirm that search results no longer appear on Google. However, WhatsApp did not mention the fix in its statement. Rajshekhar Rajaharia who raised the indexing issue Tha he said on the matter, “Adding the ‘noindex’ tag is not a proper solution, as links start appearing in Surface search results after a few months. Big tech companies like WhatsApp need to find proper solutions to protect the privacy of users.

Cybersecurity researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia informed Gadgets 360 about the indexing of WhatsApp group chat invites on Google. Now this indexing has started once again. Till the writing of the news, 1500 Group Invite Links were appearing in the search results. Some of the links indexed by Google are related to porn on WhatsApp groups. Other links are from a specific community or interest. Gadgets 360 also found message sharing groups for Bengali and Marathi users. Anyone can easily join these groups through these links.

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