WhatsApp's new 'restricted groups' feature will give more power to group admins


The recent update from this favorite messenger will increase the authority of the group admin.

After integrating YouTube videos in the iOS version of WhatsApp through Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode, the platform is all ready to empower the group admins by allowing them to restrict any member from posting media and messages, if found irrelevant.

WhatsApp is constantly seeking to provide its user with new features and the attention has been placed on group chats.

The "Restricted Group" feature has not yet been rolled out; it is still in testing period for beta users.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has released a new version for Android: WhatsApp Beta version 2.17.430. Before sharing such posts in the group, it will go to Group Admin notice. These settings will not restrict the admin from any kind of post.

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In order to post any message or media, they'll be needed to get it screened by the group admin first by using the "Message Admin" button. The app update v2.17.81 has made it easier for users to record and send voice messages.

If administrators decide to disable the chat conversation for a non-admin group member, the later can perform limited operations: read messages, mute the group and send messages to the group administrator. These posts will be shared subject to the approval by group admin. The "Restricted group" feature will not allow administrators delete group creator and eliminate them from the group.

Admins will only be able to change the setting every 72 hours, which means group members will be silenced for days at a time.

The update also brings bug fixes and other types of improvements. So, this new feature will restrict those members.

Recently, WhatsApp has introduced its most awaited feature which is deleting unwanted text for all. Another thing is that administrators can chose the members allowed to modify the subject, icon and the description of the group.