WhatsApp now lets group admins restrict messages in groups

Yolanda Curtis
July 1, 2018

One way people use groups is to receive important announcements and information, including parents and teachers at schools, community centers, and non-profit organizations.

"Today, we're launching a new group setting where only admins are able to send messages to a group". With the new update, admins will be able to use a toggle switch in the group settings to make it so that they are the only user who can send messages into the group. The application now allows users to download their data and transfer it.

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.

The feature is a server-side switch and is now being rolled out to Android and Windows Phone users.

Admins can go to "Group Settings" and toggle the "Send Messages" option to choose if all participants can send messages in the group or only admin (s). The feature will be available on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone. Once you have changed the permission of all participants, group members will notify with a particular message right above the message box. Discord, the gaming-focused messaging and voice chat platform, has had the same feature for a while now.

Apart from the focus on group users, WhatsApp has also enabled a number of privacy-related features.

WhatsApp's statement on the new feature can be read in its entirety here. The "Send Messages" feature is a useful addition that can remove group clutter.

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