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WhatsApp is rolling out the ability to create Read-only messaging groups

01 July 2018, 12:13 | Jodi Jackson

WhatsApp is rolling out the ability to create Read-only messaging groups


The instant messaging platform on Friday announced a new group setting where only admins can send messages to the members of a group. Since 2017, the app has added live location sharing, the ability to export user data to follow GDPR requirements, and an option to switch from voice calls to video calls.

After WhatsApp pushed out an update focusing on group admins to Android users early this month, the developer has chose to bring more options to iOS fans as well.

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. We can certainly see plenty of admins using this new possibility to wreak havoc on their group chats. However, users can contact administrators if they wish to send an important message to the group.

To enable this setting, open "Group Info", tap Group Settings Send Messages and select "Only Admins". Once the permission has been changed, all group participants will be notified in the group with a particular message.

Group Settings also has the Edit Group Info option that allows admins to controls whether all participants can edit the group's description or not. Additionally, if the latter option is chosen, an "Only admins can send messages" prompt will replace the message field.

Users can download the latest version of WhatsApp beta to use this feature.

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