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WhatsApp this week: Expiring messages, new emojis and more

Facebook has rolled out Messenger Rooms shortcut on WhatsApp Web. With this feature, WhatsApp users can call up to 50 people at once.

WhatsApp is also working on adding 138 new emojis to its platform.
WhatsApp is also working on adding 138 new emojis to its platform. (REUTERS)

WhatsApp is arguably one of the most popular apps in the world. With a userbase of over 2 billion users, the Facebook-owned messaging app is well-liked by people from all walks of life. And one of the many reasons for the popularity of WhatsApp is its ever-increasing feature set. This week, we got to know about a host of new features that are likely to make it to the app in future.

Here's everything that happened in the world of WhatsApp this week:

Mute Always

As of now, WhatsApp gives its users three options which they can use to mute group notifications. These are eight hours, one week and one year. Now the company is planning to tweak this feature a bit. As per a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is planning to replace the one year option with ‘Always’ option ensuring that notifications for a specific group stay mute unless users choose to do otherwise.

Expiring Messages

Several reports in the past have detailed that WhatsApp is working on an expiring messages feature that would delete a message on both the sides without leaving a trace. This week, we got to know that the company is making improvements to the section of the app used for managing the settings. This includes including button to turn this functionality on or off.

New Emojis

WhatsApp is also working on adding 138 new emojis to its platform, which includes the ones pertaining to various professions. These emojis are available on WhatsApp beta for Android 2.20.197.6.

Messenger Rooms shortcut on WhatsApp Web

Facebook has rolled out Messenger Rooms shortcut on WhatsApp Web. With this feature, WhatsApp users can call up to 50 people at once.