WhatsApp will be adding new features to the app, such as three new options for groups, adverts, new themes, and disappearing messages.
In a new settings menu dedicated to groups, users will be able to select one of three options:
- My Contacts
“(The) ‘Nobody’ setting means you’ll have to approve joining every group to which you’re invited, and ‘My Contacts’ means only users you have in your address book can add you to groups."
“In those cases, the person adding you to a group will be prompted to send a private invite through an individual chat, giving you the choice of joining the group. You’ll have three days to accept the invite before it expires,” WhatsApp said.
The new group privacy setting is just one of a number of changes that the popular messaging app is looking to introduce.
Facebook will be publishing ads on the WhatsApp status page, starting from 2020.
WhatsApp is developing a dark and light mode.
When the disappearing messages setting is turned on for a chat, all messages sent by participants will be removed after a certain time.
WhatsApp messages will be automatically deleted from a chat after either five seconds or one hour.