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WhatsApp to let users leave group chats unnoticed

Part of an annoying WhatsApp group chat that refuses to end? Just walk out, you can leave.

WhatsApp, the world's most popular instant messaging app, is rolling out new privacy features this month that will allow users to avoid the drama sometimes associated with leaving group conversations and do it silently. Only administrators will know, and not every other chat member, as was the case so far.

As part of its latest privacy update, which it says will enhance security, WhatsApp will also start blocking users from taking screenshots of its Snapchat-style disappearing messages that vanish after the recipient views them once.

The company will also let users decide whether they want the entire world to know when they check their phones. Under the new settings, it will be up to the users to choose who can see if they're online or not.

"We'll keep building new ways to protect your messages and keep them as private and secure as face-to-face conversations," Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, which owns WhatsApp, said in a Facebook post announcing the changes.

In a separate post, WhatsApp also revealed that users would now have more than two days to delete the messages they had sent. The current limit is just over one hour – leaving plenty of time to decide whether that drunken message you've sent is just embarrassing enough.

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