WhatsApp rolls out one-way broadcast feature for groups

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A Whats App spokesperson told The Indian Express that this new setting can help reduce “unwanted forwards into important group conversations”

In an announcement late Friday, WhatsApp revealed the official rollout of the new feature that allows group admins to restrict participants from sending messages, on the stable version of Android and iPhone. The application now allows users to download their data and transfer it.

In order to switch the feature on or off, open Group Info, tap Group Settings, Send Messages and select Only Admins.

The rollout assumes significance in India given that many WhatsApp groups have been linked to the spread of rumours and unverified information that has also led to violence.

It's common to speak of Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo-app-now-social-network, borrowing from Snapchat, but now Facebook's WhatsApp chat app is increasingly drawing its innovation from others such as Telegram.

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These features are now available for Android and iPhone devices. So, WhatsApp for iOS is getting another update that adds a couple of new features and improvements aimed at group admins.

Admins of WhatsApp groups must provide details of all group members, and show up before authorities whenever they need details on information shared on the group, according to The Indian Express. Once the permission has been changed, all group participants will be notified in the group with a particular message.

The "Send Messages" feature in groups lets group administrators disable chat features in a group. However, users can quickly contact administrators if they want an important message to be sent.

WhatsApp's statement on the new feature can be read in its entirety here. Additionally, if the latter option is chosen, an "Only admins can send messages" prompt will replace the message field. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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