WhatsApp group tend to be quite irritating sometimes with all participants responding at the same time. Also, WhatsApp groups are proven to be a potential tool to spread rumours and fake news among a large number of users. In order to tackle this, WhatsApp is reportedly rolling out a “Restrict Group” feature for its iOS, Android and Windows Phone apps. This feature will only allow WhatsApp group admins to send messages in the group. While all group members will be able to see these messages, only admins will be allowed to respond to these texts. Other group members can only read them.
The ‘Restrict Group’ feature will also prevent non-admin participants from sending photographs, videos, GIFs, documents or voice messages if the group admin or admins doesn’t allow them. The feature is said to be available in WhatsApp Android version 2.18.132 and above.
WhatsApp users will soon be getting several new features. WhatsApp director Mubarik Imam announced this at the recently-concluded Facebook’s F8 conference. According to Imam, the features include stickers and group video calling. She also said that the app may also soon get some of the features of its business app, WhatsApp Business.
Imam, however, did not disclose any details about the group-video calling feature. This includes any information about how the video-calling will work or the number of participants. The video example she showed had four participants engaged in a video chat.