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WhatsApp is Testing a New ‘Restricted Groups’ Feature That Allows You to Mute Group Members

WhatsApp is trying another feature called ‘Limited Groups’ which gives the group admin more power in a group talk. The feature permits just the group admin to send messages, while other group members/members can just read them and not answer or leave their comments.

As indicated by WABetainfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, WhatsApp has presented the ‘Restricted Groups’ feature by means of Google Play Beta program in version 2.17.430. The feature is likewise being tried in the beta version for iOS.

“When administrators disable the chat features, only they can interact with each other in the group: this may happen when an administrator wants to get the attention of all participants, writing something important or to organize an event.” WABetaInfo wrote in a blog entry.

However, if a non-admin member needs to write something in a confined group, they need to contact an administrator by utilizing the ‘Message Admin’ button, as appeared in the screenshot beneath.

The Restricted groups’ feature can be empowered by anybody with administrator rights inside the group. However, the settings can be changed at regular intervals, implying that the group members can be quieted just for three days.

WABetaInfo additionally stated: “WhatsApp will prevent the group creator to be deleted from the group by other administrators. This will help the group creator to have 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 Restricted Groups feature at present is unavailable, but it will be made accessible by means of a stable release. Starting at now, the admin can just include or remove members from the group and the members are allowed to change the subject of the group, its symbol, and its depiction.


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