WhatsApp's new feature 'Restricted Groups' gives more power to group admins

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Since the acquisition by Facebook, WhatsApp is pushing new and interesting updates at times. WhatsApp has rolled out "delete messages for everyone" feature that lets users revoke messages in case they sent those to a wrong person or a group. This would ensure autonomy on the part of the admin and nearly full control of the group.

According to WABetaInfo, an app tester has submitted the concept of "Restricted Groups" in this app for the first time.

WhatsApp, an instant messaging service with over 1.2 billion monthly active users, is likely to come with a new update version 2.17.430 containing some bug fixes, general improvements and a novel feature.

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The Restricted Groups setting can only be enabled by group admins. These settings will not restrict the admin from any kind of post. Bringing features like "Restricted Groups" makes sense given that a group has several members and some major announcement by the admin can go unnoticed amidst several other comments. Once activated, the members will only see the option to direct message to the group admin or mute the group's notifications.

In this new feature, only the admin will be allowed to send any messages while everyone else will only be able to read them. A group can be restricted only once every 72 hours but thanks to the 2.17.430 beta, WhatsApp will be finally able to change this value from the server. In October, we have heard about this new feature.

WhatsApp os the most popular free instant messaging app in countries such as Italy, Germany, Russia, Pakistan, India, U.K, Spain and Latin American countries. The report said that WhatsApp group administrator will soon be able to restrict the activities of the other group members. "This will help the group creator to have the full control of the group.· The administrators will be able to choose if other participants can modify the subject of the group, its icon and its description".

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