WhatsApp’s New Privacy Features Will Let You Quietly Leave Group Chats

What’s taking place

WhatsApp is including privateness options that allow you to quietly go away group chats, cover your on-line standing and block others from taking screenshots of images meant to be seen one time.

Why it issues

The privateness options will add higher methods to manage your visibility in conversations, and preserve prying eyes away from how usually you might be checking in on the app.

What’s subsequent

WhatsApp’s new options are being introduced roughly a month earlier than Apple’s iMessage is anticipated to carry iOS 16 to the plenty, the latter including message modifying and unsending.

WhatsApp introduced three new privateness options Tuesday, certainly one of which is able to allow you to go away a bunch chat with out alerting the complete group.

The Fb-owned firm says it should add the power to depart teams silently, that means that directors will nonetheless get an alert however everybody else in a bunch chat is not going to. This might be particularly helpful for bigger group chats — for example, ones which are themed round an occasion or a hyperactive chat that you simply simply do not discover that partaking anymore. 

WhatsApp can even quickly allow you to cover your energetic on-line standing from particular individuals, and when enabled the app is not going to present these chosen the precise moments you can be found inside the app. At present, the app reveals when you’re on-line to anybody who can view your profile inside the app. WhatsApp can also present individuals whenever you had been final energetic, and that may already be hidden from different individuals inside the app’s privateness settings.

The flexibility to depart teams silently and conceal your on-line standing will roll out to WhatsApp later this month, and its third function — presently in testing — will block others from taking screenshots of messages that are supposed to be seen one time. This has been a serious subject for apps that encourage ephemeral messaging like Snapchat, which previously have combatted the problem by sending a notification when a message is copied through screenshot.

Whereas it ought to assist, it is price noting that even an ephemeral message can nonetheless be captured utilizing a separate gadget like one other cellphone or digicam. Anybody sending delicate materials ought to nonetheless take care even after WhatsApp launches the screenshot-blocking function.

WhatsApp’s new wave of options arrives a month earlier than the anticipated public launch of iOS 16, which goes to replace iMessage to incorporate options like modifying a message and unsending a message. Each of these iOS 16 options will solely work between Apple gadgets that assist iMessage. Unsending a message will work very like how WhatsApp and different chat apps already can help you delete an present message, by changing the earlier textual content with a notification {that a} message was unsent.


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