WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature that will give more power to the group admins. Dubbed as Restricted Groups, the company has submitted the feature via Google Play Beta version in the version 2.17.430.
According to a report by WABetaInfo, the new feature will allow group administrators to restrict a member from sending text messages, images, videos, GIFs, documents, voice messages or starting a new live location session. Once a user is restricted, he or she can send the message to the admin via a new ‘Message Admin’ button. Further, the admins will have the ability to disable chat features, meaning that only admins could interact with each other and not the other participants.
A normal participant can only read incoming messages and cannot respond to them. Further, WhatsApp will “WhatsApp will prevent the group creator to be deleted from the group by other administrators.
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,” the report added. The new feature will be available for both Android and iOS users, however, it is not when the Facebook-owned messaging application will roll out to the public.
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Earlier, WhatsApp announced two new feature for its iOS application namely Lock Record Button and Picture-in-Picture mode for YouTube videos. The Picture-in-Picture mode will allow users to play YouTube videos directly in the application, instead of pausing the conversation.
With the new update, the user will be able to lock the record button and release it later once the message is completed. However, the option is disabled currently and expected to go online in few days.