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WhatsApp now tells you whether your friends are actually reading your messages.
This week users have been wondering why their double-check ticks suddenly appear blue. One tick (or “check” as Americans say) means the message was sent. A second tick means it has been delivered. When the ticks turn blue it means your friend has actually seen the message.
So now you will know that if they don’t respond, it’s because they’re choosing not to, not because they “didn’t get the message.”
The new signal means that any possible delivery confusion for the app’s 600 million users is being completely eradicated, as the app’s support team announces here.
Here’s WhatsApp’s notification:
WhatsApp Support Team
Whether that will lessen your paranoia while you wait for replies is another matter entirely.