WhatsApp releases new features, including individual mute option and better privacy control setting

WhatsApp has been busy in recent weeks launching a range of features that will make it ideal for casual users and professionals alike. Last Friday, the head of WhatsApp, Will Cathcart, posted a tweet that gives us a glimpse of the latest features rolling out to the app, including the ability to mute certain users during group conversations.

Some new group chat features @WhatsApp: You can now mute or message certain people in a conversation (great if someone forgets to mute themselves!), and we’ve added a handy indicator to make it easier to see when more people are joining large conversations. https://t.co/fxAUCAzrsy

Muting some users during group conversations is an important tool to promote clarity in participants’ verbal exchanges. Zoom and Teams already have such a feature, albeit only available to those hosting the conversations. They can choose the people to mute, but managing a group conversation can sometimes be a challenge for hosts, resulting in a terrible meeting with multiple people talking at the same time. That’s not something anyone would want to experience every time they join a call, so this new feature from WhatsApp is a lifesaver.

In an image shared by the WhatsApp head, users can access this feature through a mute setting assigned to each participant in the conversation. This allows you to select the people you only want to mute, which is useful if other speakers forget to mute themselves. It’s also a handy choice when you’re in the same conversation as someone close to you, avoiding the annoying echo effect of the voice during those moments.

In addition to the mute setting for each participant is the option to send them a message. This gives you easy access to specific users participating in the group conversation and is useful when you need to quickly ask a colleague. And when someone new joins the group conversation, a new indicator banner will flag them to announce their arrival in a subtle way.

🔒 To further protect your privacy online, we are introducing new options for your privacy management settings. 🔒 You can now select who in your contact list can see your profile picture, Info and Last seen status. Follow this link for more information: https://t.co/UGMCx2n70h

Prior to these things, WhatsApp also launched other features last week that focused on user privacy control, where they can set who they want to see only their profile pictures, About and Last Seen status. It is a useful feature for anyone using WhatsApp, especially those who have mixed their personal contacts with their professional connections within the platform.

The Meta app has also been spotted experimenting with some new features over the past few weeks. Two of them are the status answer indicator and the shortcut ‘order’ for business customers.

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