WhatsApp rolls out new group chat features

Above Whats App Catch Up

Starting today for both iOS and Android users, WhatsApp group chat changes will be rolled out that allow users to include a description to detail the objective, guidelines, or topics for the group.

The new feature will allow WhatsApp to rival the likes of Skype, but we don't know when it'll be rolling out to the wider user base. 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. "When a new person joins a group, the description will show up at the top of the chat", the company explained in a blog post. As per the new updates, now, the company has added Group description, Admin controls, Group catch up and Participant search features to revamp Groups. All the new features will be applicable to new and existing groups.

WhatsApp also says that admins can now remove admin permissions of other group participants, and group creators can no longer be removed from the group they started.

WhatsApp users can now also use the new mentions feature in groups. This should solve your daily conundrum with family WhatsApp Groups.

Other new WhatsApp group admin controls include the ability to control who can change a group's subject and icon - giving them a choice between all participants or only admins.

Participant search: This new feature will let you find anyone in a group by searching for participants on the group info page. Now, WhatsApp will let you catch up on messages that mention or reply to you by tapping on a new @ button which will appear at the bottom right corner of the chat window. Lastly, WhatsApp says that users can not repeatedly rejoin groups that they have previously left.

Ahead of elections in India this week, tens of thousands of WhatsApp groups have been made in an effort to reach voters, but many groups have been spreading misinformation and division between groups - especially Hindus and Muslims.

These changes to WhatsApp group chat come as part of a series of adjustments and fixes that aim to make the company even more secure as a business - including changes in management, features, and monetization strategy.



Other news