WhatsApp Accounts of Oct 7 Hostages and Victims Vanish on Same Day

FILE - A WhatsApp icon is displayed on an iPhone, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. WhatsApp has chosen the Mercedes Formula One team for its first sports sponsorship, a multi-year agreement that will give followers of the eight-time world champion exclusive team content and in-race updates through the Meta-owned private messaging service. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

(VINNews) In a disturbing occurrence which underscores the extreme trauma and pain of October 7 victims and their families—the WhatsApp accounts of hostages and those murdered by Hamas were automatically removed from groups by the app.

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According to Arutz Sheva, many families of the hostages and those murdered noticed a similar phenomenon in the past day–their relatives “left” their WhatsApp groups, and their accounts were apparently deleted automatically, for security reasons.

As is customary, the app sent a message saying the relatives “left the group’.

Gil Dikman, cousin of hostage Carmel Gat, was quoted by the website as saying “there is an automatic feature of WhatsApp, which deletes your account if you have not been active for four months. This happened yesterday simultaneously to almost all the hostages and the murdered.”

Gal concluded with positive and inspiring words: “After four months in captivity, suddenly they “left the group”. They will return. They must return.”

In accordance with WhatsApp’s policy, after 120 days of inactivity, the account is disconnected and removed from all groups.

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