The number of people using WhatsApp messaging app has been soaring without showing any signs of let-up. So, whenever a new feature is rolled out it builds the excitement that few other things manage to do. This time, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has almost developed a new feature that is likely to provide group administrators more powers. According to a fan site, WABetaInfo, that tests new features of WhatsApp, the popular mobile messaging platform has submitted the “Restricted Groups” setting via Google Play Beta Programme in version 2.17.430. What this setting does is to allow the group admins to restrict all other members from sending text messages, photographs, videos, GIFs, documents, or voice messages in case the admin thinks they are not appropriate to the group.
This special “Restricted Groups” setting can be activated by group administrators. Other members who are not restricted can still keep sharing media and chat as normal as they could but the restricted members cannot. Upon being restricted, members can read the messages but they will not be able to respond to the group messages.
The debarred members can send messages by using the Message Admin button to post a message or share media to the group. The message will go to the administrator and then upon approval by the admin can go through to the rest of the group.
“A group can be restricted once every 72 hours but thanks to the 2.17.430 beta, we discovered that WhatsApp will be finally able to change this value from the server,” the website said.
The Restricted Groups feature, currently disabled by default, can be expected to be made available via a stable version release in the near future. It was back in October when multiple reports suggested that the administrators on WhatsApp groups will soon be able to choose a moderator. This will allow the admins to choose if other participants can modify the subject of the group, its icon, and its description.
WhatsApp has rolled out “delete messages for everyone” feature that lets users revoke messages in case they sent those to a wrong person or a group.
Over 1.2 billion people use the messaging app every month. WhatsApp is also available in more than 50 different languages around the world and in 10 Indian languages.
At the end of November, WhatsApp has updated its iOS app and introduced a new YouTube feature. The Facebook-owned messaging app has in fact announced two new features: enabling users to watch YouTube videos within the app and lock recording to record voice messages without holding the record button.