I'm a WhatsApp expert – shock update could EXPOSE you in group chats

WHATSAPP is working on a new feature that will show a list of who has left a group chat.

It means anyone in the group can see all of the "past participants".

So if you're part of a WhatsApp group you're no longer happy to have been in, or you think you've slipped out of a group quietly, you could be exposed.

The feature isn't live yet, but was spotted in development on the WhatsApp beta by the sleuths at WABetaInfo.

It's a popular gadget blog that regularly mines the beta "test app" to find upcoming changes.

And in a new "build" for the Android version of the app, images of the "past participants" feature have emerged.

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"Thanks to this new option, it will be easier to keep track of who left a group," said WABetaInfo.

"Unfortunately, it seems that this list will be visible to everyone in the group, not only to group admins."

However, it's possible that this design could change by the time the feature is released to the world.

With the current design, the list will appear beneath the roster of current chat participants.

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WhatsApp hasn't revealed any specific plans to launch this feature.

And we don't know exactly when it's likely to land – it could be days, weeks, or months away, and may never even appear.

It's interesting timing given that a new WhatsApp feature for "silently" exiting group chats was revealed yesterday.

It's often awkward when you abandon a group chat because everyone is notified in the conversation.

But WABetaInfo uncovered a feature that lets you exit the group chat without notifying everyone – only the admins.

It's possible that this new past participants feature could work in a similar way.

If you want to try new WhatsApp features first, consider joining the WhatsApp beta using our guide below.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp beta for your smartphone you need to go to Google Play on your Android and search for WhatsApp.

Scroll down the page until you see "Become a Beta Tester".

Tap the "I'm In" button and then click "Join" to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

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Joining the WhatsApp beta on iPhone is more difficult, and has limited capacity.

Follow Apple’s guide here.

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