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WhatsApp’s new tagging feature, brace yourself for getting tagged in annoying posts

If you’re currently enjoying the small pockets of silence while on a road trip or in the middle of your favorite read, you might find it hard to keep things that way with WhatsApp’s new update.

The Facebook-owned messaging platform now lets users tag people in group chats even if the conversations are not relevant to them. You only have to precede user names with the @ symbol and they will start receiving notifications for chats they previously opted to tune out of.


At worst, the new WhatsApp feature will make it difficult to ignore annoying messages, or worse, spam chats. At best, you are sure to stay up-to-date with what’s new in group conversations that matter to you.

Key Notes : 
  • WhatsApp gains multi-recipient sending, ‘frequent chats’
  • WhatsApp encrypts all forms of communication within the app
  • WhatsApp update adds Quick Reply and better contact selection

Could this be part of Facebook’s grand scheme to monetize WhatsApp? That remains to be seen. But it makes for a good case of getting high return on investment for Mark Zuckerberg. After all, it’s business as usual.

The update 2.16.272 will be rolling out in the general WhatsApp community over the coming weeks, after which you may begin to receive notifications beyond your control. The new feature only works on Android and iOS devices, which means desktop users can still maintain control over the WhatsApp notifications they want to go through.

Do you like the idea behind this update? Let us know your thoughts below.

Shrey Kapoor is a Tech-Enthusiast, Harvard certified Cyber Security and Cyber Forensics Expert. He Founder Techphlie.com, which is one of the India's Top Tech News Website. Even Forbes and many other renowned publishers took his articles reference. Shrey is a Technology analyst, strategic thinker and creative writer who is passionate to deliver the best, latest possible Tech-News to his followers and subscribers. He completed his masters in Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, certified in IPR, T.Q.M. & ISO 9001:2008 In Quality Management Systems.

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