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WhatsApp gets the ability to message, mute individual users in a group call

WhatsApp is also making it easier for users to determine if a new user has joined a group call.

Updated:Mon, June 20, 2022 12:36pm

By Shweta Ganjoo

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WhatsApp has rolled out a bunch of new features on to its platform. These new features make group calls a tad bit more easier and swifter. WhatsApp head, Will Cathcart in a post on Twitter said that users of the messaging app can mute and message individual users when a group call is going on.

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These features will be particularly useful for muting people in a group who forget to do it themselves, which lets other members in a group know what's going on in the background of their homes or offices. It would also be helpful in the cases when some users in a group call are in the same room and have forgotten to mute themselves, which in turn creates an echo during a group call. Apart from helping users in a group call, these new features will bring WhatsApp calls closer to conferencing apps that give users more dynamic control over their calls.

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Using this 'mute or message specific people' feature in WhatsApp is fairly simple. All you need to do is long press the tile of the person you want to message or mute in a group call and tap the one of the two options -- Message [name of the user] or Mute [name of the user].

"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," WhatsApp boss wrote in the post.

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In addition to this, WhatsApp is also making it easier for people in a group call to identify when a new user has joined a group call. In a separate post, WhatsApp said that now, it will show a banner when someone new will join a group call.

Notably, these features come just days after WhatsApp rolled out the ability to select who from users' contact lists can see their Profile Photos, About information, and Last Seen statuses.

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