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New features show WhatsApp users can now exit groups unnoticed

By Adeyemi Adepetun
10 August 2022   |   3:58 am
New privacy features on WhatsApp have shown that users can now exit groups unnoticed.

New privacy features on WhatsApp have shown that users can now exit groups unnoticed.

Meta Chief Executive Officer, Mark Zuckerberg, announced yesterday that WhatsApp users would now be able to exit groups without everyone in the group knowing, adding that it is part of new privacy features introduced by the social media platform.

Zuckerberg said with the ‘Leave Groups Silently’ feature, instead of notifying the full group when leaving, only the admins will know.

The CEO, who said this feature will start rolling out to all users this month, adding that WhatsApp users can also prevent people from doing a screenshot of messages tagged as ‘view once’.

On his Facebook page, Zuckerberg wrote: “New privacy features coming to WhatsApp; exit group chats without notifying everyone, control who can see when you’re online, and prevent screenshots on view once messages. We’ll keep building new ways to protect your messages and keep them as private and secure as face-to-face conversations.”

The last privacy feature will allow users to control who can see them when they are online, a feature that will roll out to users this month.

“For the moments that you want to keep your online presence private, we’re introducing the ability to select who can and can’t see when you’re online.”

Checks on Statista showed that Monthly Active Users (MAU) of WhatsApp was two billion in January, with daily messaging surpassing 100 billion as at the beginning of 2022, while the global time spent on the platform is put at 18.6 hours. WhatsApp.

Statistics showed that there are 91.9 per cent of Nigeria’s Internet users on the WhatsApp platform for entertainment and business.

The company added that the introduction of these new features is backed by a new WhatsApp privacy study which found that 72 per cent of people value being able to speak in an honest, unfiltered way, but more than 47 per cent are only comfortable doing this in a safe, private space.

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