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WhatsApp adds 6 new features to Groups to bolster user's experience

15 May, 2018, 22:55 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • WhatsApp Gets New Group Features, Including Descriptions, Mentions, and Admin Controls

Groups have a description, a short blurb under the group info in which the admin can set the goal, guidelines, and topics for that group. All of these features are now live for WhatsApp users on Android and iOS today. At one time, Facebook said there were over a billion groups on WhatsApp, which was as numerous as the number of active users on the platform. The description will be shared with each new member of the WhatsApp group chat - allowing those having a discussion to stay on topic.

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 update comes after WhatsApp promised a new group video calling feature at the Facebook F8 conference last month.

Admin permissions - Admins can now remove admin permissions of other group participants, and group creators can no longer be removed from the group they started.

WhatsApp gave examples of how come together in groups on WhatsApp like new parents looking for support, students organising study sessions, and city leaders coordinating relief efforts after natural disasters.

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Another new tool allows administrators to choose whether or not to restrict changes to the subject, icon, and description.

Banning automatically created WhatsApp group chat rooms is definitely warranted, but the fact that a bunch of innocent groups were caught in the crossfire is definitely upsetting a significant portion of the user base. Also called "group catch up", the feature lets users find those messages in which they have been mentioned, or those messages that reply to them. Want to know who is participating in a group chat on WhatsApp?

Participant search: This new feature will let you find anyone in a group by searching for participants on the group info page. Now with Group catch up, you can quickly catch up on messages that people mentioned you by tapping on the new @ button that appears at the bottom right.

An extra protection is now available for users as well so that they can't be repeatedly added to groups they have left.

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