WhatsApp implements new privacy options to leave groups without warning and hide the ‘online’ status

MADRID, Aug 9. (Portaltic/EP) –

WhatsApp has implemented new privacy options on the platform, among which is the function that allows you to hide the ‘online’ status from other contacts when using the application, as well as leave groups quietly.

The company has spent months developing new functionalities focused on having a greater control over conversations in different beta versions of the instant messaging platform, as WABetaInfo has been advancing in recent weeks.

Last May this portal anticipated that in the beta version for Desktop an option had been introduced to notify the administrator only or administrators of a group when a member of the group chat left it.

Months later, in July, it was verified in a screenshot of WhatsApp beta for iOS that in a future update it would be possible to limit who could see the connection status, within the section of Last Seen Settings.

Now, the CEO of Meta, owner of WhatsApp, Mark Zuckerberg, has confirmed through his personal profile on Facebook the official implementation of these functions, which will soon be available to all users.

“We will continue to create new ways to protect your messages and keep them as private and confidential such as face-to-face conversations”, the executive director has pointed out in this publication, where he has mentioned the new features of WhatsApp.

The first of these options, which allows you to silently leave groups without notifying the rest of the members of said chat, will begin to spread to all users “this month”, as the company has pointed out in a statement sent to Europa Press.


Also in this period the users of the messaging application will have the opportunity to choose who can see when they are ‘online’. To keep your online presence private, Meta has introduced the ability to select who can and cannot see when you are online and using the app.

Finally, Meta has unveiled a new feature for messages set to be seen only once. Specifically, the application will block the capture of this type of message to add an additional layer of protection.

The company has acknowledged that, at the moment, this privacy tool is in the testing phase and that it is expected to be launched soon, without advancing a specific date of implementation.

Likewise, he recalled that these features join the list of privacy options on the platform, among which end-to-end encryption, blocking or reporting, encrypted backups or the two-step verification.

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