WhatsApp adds new feature 'Reply Privately', know how to get it and use

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New Delhi, November 2: Facebook-owned WhatsApp is apparently the most used messaging application in the world was acquired by the Facebook four years ago for $19 billion, the messaging app has now over 1.5 billion users compared to Facebook's 2.3 billion users.

The company keeps on updating its features to keep it secure, simple and interesting for its users. In the latest, the company has updated its Android beta programme with a new feature that will allow its users to respond privately to a contact within a WhatsApp group. As per a report published by WABetaInfo, a renowned tech website that covers WhatsApp updates, has reported that the feature has been enabled in 2.18.335 of Android beta. However, the  WABetaInfo has recommended to wait for version 2.18.336/337 update to try this feature as the recent version of 2.18.335 causing crashes when a user tries to delete media in a chat.

Reply Privately feature   

The ‘Reply privately’ allows users to reply privately to a contact who share the same WhatsApp group. After this update, if a user selects a contact for options then they will get ‘reply privately’ option, after selecting this, WhatsApp will open a private chat with the selected contact. The feature will also work for the old messages as well and also for groups where 'Send Messages' setting is set to “Only administrators”. 

Earlier in the week, Vice President of the WhatsApp, Chris Daniels on Wednesday said the company is going to put advertisements in its "Status" feature."We are going to be putting ads in 'Status'. That is going to be primary monetisation mode for the company as well as an opportunity for businesses to reach people on WhatsApp," Daniels told reporters here.Daniels, however, did not give any timeline to this development that has been in the news for some time. 

WhatsApp's "Status" feature allows users to share text, photos, videos and animated GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. 

News24 Bureau With IANS Inputs