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Implications of Whatsapp's "Restricted Groups", and Intermediary Liability

04 December 2017, 01:07 | Justin Tyler

Implications of Whatsapp's "Restricted Groups", and Intermediary Liability

WhatsApp group admins to get more power ability to restrict messages from other members

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. It is known for its streamlined group chat implementation.

It is being said that the Restricted Groups setting can only be accessed by the group administrators. 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 can be useful when group admins wish to make an announcement or discuss something important. They will be given a new feature named "Message Admin", so that they share it in the group with the consent of group admin. This would ensure autonomy on the part of the admin and nearly full control of the group.

WhatsApp messages will now need to be approved by the administrator first, before it goes to the rest of the group.

We all know that the popular instant messaging company WhatsApp keeps testing new features from time to time on both Android and iOS devices in its beta version.

The Restricted Groups feature may not solve the problems associated with WhatsApp groups but it may give enough power to group administrators to contain the misinformation. Once a user is restricted, he or she can send the message to the admin via a new "Message Admin" button. It has also been found out that an admin can restrict members from commenting anything in the group for 72 hours as of now.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has released a new version for Android: WhatsApp Beta version 2.17.430.

Earlier, WhatsApp launched the picture-in-picture mode (PiP), where users can now play YouTube videos directly within the app. It has also been spotted in WhatsApp for iOS, however, this feature is now disabled by WhatsApp, hence, you will only be to able to use it when WhatsApp flips a switch from their servers for you, or, when it rolls out this feature to all.

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