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WhatsApp Groups to get better, gets list of feature updates for admins, search and user protection

WhatsApp has announced a list of feature updates for a better experience with Groups.

  • Published: May 16, 2018 9:10 AM IST
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Messaging service WhatsApp has been adding a list of features and updates over the past couple of years. Among these features are the Payments service using UPI, video calling and deleting messages. Similarly, Groups have been an integral part of WhatsApp, whether we like it or not. In fact, so popular were the Good Morning messages that Google decided to create a feature that lets you clean up your phone of these forwarded images once and for all, with just a single tap.

In addition to family, friends, colleagues, groups are used by networks of people who share a common interest. There are use cases such as health needs to political group. They’re all present on WhatsApp. This time around, WhatsApp has announced updates to the Group feature. Among the list of new feature updates are:

Group description

Similar to Facebook Groups, a short blurb of text now serves as the bio or the purpose of that particular group. This will be displayed under group info, and allows admins to set the intended purpose, guidelines, or topics that would be discussed within the particular group. Whenever a new user joins the group, the group description will be displayed at the beginning of the conversation.

Admin controls

Within group settings, admins will now have access to controls that restrict the ability of users who can change the group’s subject, display icon, and description. This would prevent abuse by members of large groups, especially mischievous members who could potentially mess such details of the group.

Group catch up

Considering many users tend to mute notifications from WhatsApp Groups, a new feature will come in handy. If you’ve been away from a group chat for a long period of time, you can now catch up on messages that were addressed directly to you. In addition, you can directly reply to specific messages mentioning you by simply tapping on the new @ button that appears at the bottom right corner of the chat

Watch: List of WhatsApp features added

Participant search

You can search for a particular user on the WhatsApp Group by searching within the group info page. In addition, WhatsApp Group Admins can remove admin permissions of other group participants. Similarly, those users who created the WhatsApp Group are immune to being removed from the group they started.

Among another great and resourceful addition of a feature is a new protection feature. Users cannot be repeatedly added to a Group that they have quit. According to WhatsApp, these features have rolled out for Android and iPhone users starting today.

  • Published Date: May 16, 2018 9:10 AM IST