New WhatsApp feature will only let admins to chat in a group

By | July 11, 2018
The WhatsApp messaging application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/File Photo
WhatsApp is giving more power to admins of group chats to better the experience. The Facebook-owned messaging platform has now introduced a new group feature where only admins will be able to send messages to a group.

“One way people use groups is to receive important announcements and information, including parents and teachers at schools, community centers, and non-profit organizations. We’ve introduced this new setting so admins can have better tools for these use cases,” said WhatsApp in its official blog post.

WhatsApp group tend to be quite irritating sometimes with all participants responding at the same time. Also, WhatsApp groups are proven to be a potential tool to spread rumours and fake news among a large number of users. This feature is aimed to tackle these issues. While all group members will be able to see these messages, only admins will be allowed to respond to these texts. Other group members can only read them.

To enable this setting, open “Group Info,” tap Group Settings > Send Messages and select “Only Admins.” This setting is rolling out to all users around the world on the latest supported versions of the app.

WhatsApp has recently announced a new feature called ‘Dismiss As Admin,’ that allows one group administrator to dismiss another, without removing him/her from the group. Before this feature, it was necessary to remove the person from the group and adding them again, in order to revoke its group admin features. The privileges enjoyed by group admins, is that only they are allowed to add participants to an existing chat. Similarly, only a group admin can remove people from group chats.
Group admins now have controls to monitor who among the group members can change the group’s subject, icon, and description. WhatsApp has also introduced new a feature with which users can’t be repeatedly added to groups they have left.
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