On Wednesday, Slack introduced a new feature of direct messaging on its platform. According to this, you can chat with any Slack user, even if he or she is not available on the same private channel through which you’re working and communicating with your team.
However, within a few hours, Slack realized it to be a mistake from their end and withdrew the feature immediately. This was after receiving some social media feedback on the potential threats that this feature had.
What Made Slack Take the Measure of Withdrawing its Newly Introduced Feature So Soon?
So, here’s the details about this new direct messaging (DM) feature of the app. As a Slack user, you can actually get a random message from another random Slack user. This message could be abusive, harassing, threatening, spamming and most importantly an invasion to your privacy.
And that is not it. The invite comes from a generic Slack address in your email. This email invite can contain abusive and offensive language and you have no control over these invitations. In other words, you can neither block the user on email nor can you block him on Slack.
People took to social media to explain the potential threat of this feature due to lack of encryption, privacy protection and other necessary safety measures. A Twitter user shared screenshots on the platform to explain the extent of misuse this feature had.
Thus, taking the social media feedback positively and seriously, the company has withdrawn the feature from the app and admitted that its introduction was a mistake. However, it has now been rectified and you will not have to tolerate abusive invites anymore.