Viral story: Surprise updates from WhatsApp...Here's all you must know!

(This article is authored by Alar) 

WhatsApp, the Meta-owned instant messaging application, has introduced a slew of surprise updates, which would pour better experiences for users. As part of the new updates, the users can now avail themselves of state-of-the-art enhancements that would improve the facilities and privacy. 

WhatsApp now increased the participant limit for a group voice call to 32 people. The users can mute others on group video calls and this can come in handy when a call is disrupted by background noise. In a group call, a WhatsApp update will display a banner notification every time a new user joins the call. The users will have the ability to message other participants while continuing with the group call. 

The company has said, "To further protect your privacy online, we're rolling out new options to your privacy control settings. Now you can select who can see your profile photo, about section, and last seen status from your contact list." WhatsApp has also been working on gender-neutral emojis. Will Cathcart, the head of WhatsApp has shared the information regarding the latest updates for group calls on his official Twitter handle. 

He tweeted, "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." These features will be functional to the users of both iOS and Android, who have installed the latest version of the application when it is announced. 

The official blog of WhatsApp states, "The new group membership approval system is under development and it will be released in a future update. If you like this feature, consider frequently visiting this website to discover when it will be available." It must be noted that WhatsApp has recently announced that it is going to raise the group limit to 512 participants.