And now it seems the Facebook-owned company is planning to add a few new functionalities to closed chat communities.
The restricted groups feature is expected to be included in the new version of the software for Android and iOS. The admin will finally decide whether he or she should make the message visible to everyone or delete it immediately. However, the can use the "Message Admin" button to message or share a file on the group.
However, the message will need admin approval before going through to the rest of the group. However, give Whatsapp admins the power to move to a restricted mode, and allow them the ability to control the posting of content on a group, and you remove the safeguard put in place.
Once restricted, other members can simply read their messages and will not be able to reply.
The Restricted group feature can be enabled by anyone with an administrator authority within the group chat.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where whatever you say on your WhatsApp group goes unnoticed?
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WhatsApp recently submitted new updates through the Google Play Beta Program for Android and on the AppStore for the iOS platform: analyzing them, we have discovered something very important about groups, that will be available for all platforms in future. The app update v2.17.81 has made it easier for users to record and send voice messages.
The setting can only be changed once every 72 hours (unfortunately it's so, hoping WhatsApp will change the limit).
The features will be available once WhatsApp enables it for all users.
This new version will also bring a lot of bug fixes and improvements. The group administrators are also allowed to create restricted groups and to disable the cat features; meaning that the group members will not be able to send messages, files or media files. This means that users can watch the videos while chatting in the background.
In October, several reports circulated saying that there is a possibility Whatsapp groups will soon be able to choose whether other participants can modify the subject of the group, its icon and description.