WhatsApp has added a number of new features, including the option to mute certain users during group calls. The feature will be useful for users who forget to do for themselves, as well as those who don’t want to hear an echo from other users in the same room or office.
” Some new features for group calls on @WhatsApp: You can now mute or message specific people on a call (great if someone forgets to mute themselves!), and we’ve added a helpful indicator so you can more easily see when more people join large calls” said Head of Whatsapp, Will Cathcart June 16, 2022
Other conferencing apps, such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, already allow hosts to mute all or specific participants. Other users cannot mute participants during the call, unlike WhatsApp. With up to eight individuals on video calls or up to 32 on voice calls, this tool allows users more control and helps in otherwise disorganized meetings.
The messaging service also rolled out a feature allowing users to message specific users during a group call, as well as a new banner to alert users when a participants joins in an ongoing call.
Apart from the group features, the app also announced that users will now be able to select which contacts can see their profile photo, about and last seen status. This can help users keep their privacy from professional contacts or anyone else you don’t want to have access to this information. Due to potential privacy implications, WhatsApp began hiding your last seen status from strangers by default last year