The WhatsApp chat service gives users more control over their privacy settings. For example, they can now define which specific contacts are allowed to see the profile picture, but also for whom the text “Info” and the status “Last seen” are visible.
More information about privacy settings can be found on the WhatsApp website. These can be found by going to the “Settings” tab on WhatsApp, then choosing “Account” and “Privacy”. Previously there were no specific people to note, now this option has been added.
The new option is called ‘My contacts, except…’. This allows users to define exceptions. For example, they can determine that all contacts are allowed to see the WhatsApp profile picture, except, for example, vague acquaintances or professional contacts.
WhatsApp also announced an update for group phone calls. Participants can mute specific people or send a private message directly from the conversation.
If someone joins the audio call while it’s already in progress, WhatsApp will now announce it with a notification. In this way, all participants in the conversation are informed and other users cannot intervene discreetly.