On Whatsapp, a friendship can be broken with the press of a button.
Now the Facebook-owned app wants to stop you from sending embarrassing or offensive messages to everyone in a group chat.
It’s set to introduce a ‘reply privately’ feature which lets you quietly talk to someone in a group, rather than blurting out something to everyone.
This friendship-saving ability was uncovered by WABetaInfo, a website which roots through unreleased beta versions of Whatsapp to uncover new features.
The new feature will allow you to quietly slag off members of a group chat without them realising what you’re up to. (Picture: Reuters)It wrote: ‘WhatsApp has finally enabled in this beta update a new feature called Reply privately. As the name suggests, it allows to privately reply a message received in a group.
‘When you tap Reply privately, WhatsApp will automatically open the private chat with the contact.’
The feature was found in version 2.18.335 of Whatsapp.
Once it’s rolled out to all users, it should be possible to privately reply to messages in groups which are closed.
The feature is very useful to anyone who wants to have a good old moan about their chums without wrecking a friendship (although one-to-one chats can still be screenshotted).
Whatsapp is also working on an update which stops friends, partners or parents reading your secret messages.
A future version of the app will use Apple’s TouchID and FaceID to stop people accessing users’ private communications.
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