WhatsApp is working on a new feature that will allow users to “silently” leave group chats hosted by the messaging platform instead of everyone in the group being notified when they do so.

As it stands, when someone leaves a group chat, WhatsApp announces their exit to the entire group, making the act of leaving very public. Quietly leaving a group isn’t currently possible, but WhatsApp seems to realize that making your exit less visible may be the safest default.

WhatsApp officially allows up to 256 people to join a single chat group, which can also lead to a lot of back and forth during a conversation, and it could become a distraction for other members.

To improve the situation, a beta feature discovered by WABetainfo allows users to leave a group chat so that only group administrators are notified. When a group member unsubscribes, a dialog box appears stating “Only you and group admins will be notified that you have left the group”.

In another beta development, WhatsApp is testing rich link previews in status updates. Sharing a link in a status update currently only shows the URL, while rich link previews show a preview of the website they’re linking to, giving users an idea of ​​the content they’re linking to. can expect to see if they visit the webpage.

As usual, WhatsApp hasn’t provided any details on when these new features will be rolling out to the public while it develops them under the aegis of its beta testers. The last major rollout of new features on the platform earlier this month included emoji reactions, larger file transfers, and larger groups.

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