WhatsApp is the messaging application par excellence. To such an extent that it can be the main channel of communication between many close people. This is why frictions also arise in the App that cause contact blocks and others. Despite this, it is possible to continue sending you messages.
As one more communication tool, the misuse of WhatsApp can lead to truly uncomfortable situations, and we must know how to deal with them. In the case of contact blocking, it is important to know how to eliminate access and how it affects the use of the application. In the same way that if we have been isolated, perhaps due to a misunderstanding, and we have no other way to talk to the other person to clarify what happened, this WhatsApp “trick” may be the ideal to smooth things over .
Risks of contacting someone without their consent
Before trying to contact, by any means, not only by WhatsApp, with someone who has eliminated the possibility of writing to us, we should be aware that we may be running some unnecessary risks . Depending on the origin, insisting on contacting that person may not be the right thing to do.
When we block a contact it is because we do not want to know anything about that person, we do not want to read anything they tell us for whatever reason. We have an “intermediate” tool designed to silence contacts so that when they write to us, we do not receive any notifications. The confusion can come because WhatsApp does not inform the user when any of these actions have been carried out. From the application itself they confirm this fact, wanting to maintain the ambiguity to protect the privacy of the users.
If you insist on contacting a user who has blocked us, it could be considered an act of harassment , especially when you tell us that you do not want to have any type of communication with us. The Penal Code indicates in its article 172 that “whoever harasses a person carrying out insistent and repeated actions” and who “seriously alters the development of their daily life” can be punished when “establishing or trying to establish contact with them at through any means of communication ”.
WhatsApp could access your messages
There is a middle way when the person considers that we are harassing him that it is important that we take it into account: the report (complaint) of users. If, in addition, the account reports to us by “reporting” to the messaging application itself, it could access the most recent messages that we have sent.
In this way, the company will be able to know the reason for the report , it will know if we are insisting on contacting the user against their will, if we are sending Spam, etc. Thus, if WhatsApp considers that our infringement is continuous and insistent, it can delete our account in the App temporarily or permanently.
When you report an account from an Android device, the application itself reminds you that the most recent messages will be forwarded to be analyzed, in the case of iOS you will simply see a confirmation that the report has been sent. However, the brand does not make any distinction between operating systems in the reporting information section .
How to talk to someone blocked
At the moment it is not officially known if it is an error pending to be corrected or it is a normal way of operation in the messaging application. The fact is that this “trick” to talk to people who have blocked us works perfectly. The process to follow to contact is this:
- We need a third person willing to collaborate, it is an essential condition that this third user is not blocked by either of them, because we cannot add someone who has blocked access to a group.
- The third party in question has to create a Group that includes both of us.
- Within that group, communication will be completely normal and you will be able to go to whoever has blocked you and this user will read your messages and can answer you if they wish.
In the example shown, the contact Javier has blocked us, we choose Mariana to create the group, we write to Javier and we check that he has read the message in the Information section of our message.
The consequences of the interruption continue to be maintained , you will not be able to contact privately, you will not see the profile photo, you will not see the publication of their status or the description of their profile, as well as the last time of contact, but you will be able to communicate with total normal. In fact, if that third person who created the group decides to leave it and we remain in the group with the contact alone, we can continue to do the group as if it were a private chat.
This type of action is always recommended in the case of wanting to resolve the conflict peacefully . Those who continue to provoke contact with the person who has expressed a desire not to speak any more only increase their chances of encountering serious problems.
How to know if you are blocked
There really is no way to confirm that a person has blocked us and the app has intentionally designed it that way. This is common in messaging applications and social networks in general. In fact, Twitter is the only application of its kind that expressly informs you when you access the profile of a contact who has given us a slip.
When you mute a friend on Facebook or a contact on Instagram, the affected profile or the friend who is no longer, they will not receive any notification. The same thing happens in Mark Zuckerberg’s messaging application, we are not going to expressly know it. Although the website of the App itself confirms that there are some clues that may lead us to think that someone has blocked us but that they are not decisive. Some of the indications that may make us think this are:
- That we can’t see your profile picture .
- That we do not access the last contact hour .
- That you cannot call him through the application.
- That all the messages you have sent have been left with a single check (it indicates that the message has been sent correctly but that it has not reached the recipient).
All these indications may be the result of the contact’s security and privacy settings , they do not necessarily indicate that we have been blocked. In fact, the same can happen with the profile description. They are only indications, but it is likely that if several of them are met, it means that they have blocked us.