Search engines, including Google, have been found to index private group invites to WhatsApp.
This discovery was made by a journalist called Jordan Wildon and Twitter:
“Your WhatsApp groups may not be as secure as you think they are.
The “Invite to Group via Link” feature allows groups to be indexed by Google and they are generally available across the internet. With some wildcard search terms you can easily find some… interesting… groups.”
Although Google eliminates these links, they are always available in search engines such as Bing, DuckDuckGo and others.
Any link to a WhatsApp group exchanged outside a private message can be found in Google. The links to the community could be followed by users.
Google has indexed the contents of search results due to the fact that links were sometimes publicly posted.
On Twitter, Google’s Danny Sullivan admitted that, saying,
“Search engines like Google & others list pages from the open web. That’s what’s happening here. It’s no different than any case where a site allows URLs to be publicly listed.”
Sullivan further noted that tools are available to block content in the search results.
This problem evidently lasted for months. When Vice published an article, no action was taken.
Clearly, this is only the responsibility of WhatsApp. Search engines must crawl through the public database, so that Google or other search engines are not responsible.