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WhatsApp Introduces New Group Chat Features, Improved Admin Controls

WhatsApp Introduces New Group Chat Features, Improved Admin Controls

The description will be shared with each new member of the WhatsApp group chat - allowing those having a discussion to stay on topic. All the new features will be applicable to new and existing groups.

Just like any feature, there is room to grow and that is what WhatsApp is doing to groups.

While these changes to WhatsApp group chat have generally been well-received, there have been some actions from the company in the past few months that have drawn the ire of a significant population in India.

WhatsApp has today announced a bunch of new features for group chats, making it easy for members to catch up on what they've missed, while giving additional controls to the administrators. The Facebook-owned company also announced that it has made it harder for users to be re-added to groups they've left - an effort to reduce spam group invitations.

The new WhatsApp Groups feature are available for Android and iPhone users starting Tuesday. This is important since people have abused this severally where you leave a Group chat and you are added back, which can be annoying.

Group description: Now, WhatsApp will give description more prominence so that any new member to the WhatsApp Group understands the goal of the group. The feature didn't take off with the same functionality as Facebook did but it comes with better user facility now.

The first change gives groups a brief description to help clarify the goal and guidelines for the group chat.

WhatsApp Groups has been one of the platforms that has immensely helped people connect with select friends and family.

Admin controls: WhatsApp has been rumoured to be working on admin controls for improving Groups experience for a long time.

Admins also can remove admin permissions from other participants and in a welcome change, group creators cannot be removed from the group they started.

Participant search: This new feature will let you find anyone in a group by searching for participants on the group info page. Meanwhile, group owners can't be removed from a group they created. At the same time group creators can not be removed from the group they have started.

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