Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

WhatsApp's latest update brings more order and control to group chats

WhatsApp's latest update brings more order and control to group chats

This will explain the group's "purpose, guidelines, or topics" and will be visible at the top of the screen to new members. It will be interesting to see how this new change affects the flow of discussion in larger groups. Administrators can revoke admin permissions and also prevent the group's creator from being removed from the group. This will then be visible in the group chat settings as well in-view when a new member first joins the group. Announcing all-new updates for WhatsApp Groups, the company stressed on the fact that Groups has been a very important part of the WhatsApp experience and it wants to further improve it. WhatsApp has taken notice and has introduced a number of new features to help admins and users to keep the group on track. 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 first change gives groups a brief description to help clarify the goal and guidelines for the group chat.

There are also new admin controls that restrict who can change items like the subject, icon and the description. There are also people coming together in groups on WhatsApp like new parents looking for support, students organising study sessions, and even city leaders coordinating relief efforts after natural disasters.

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Another welcome feature is that now WhatsApp has added a feature that would protect you from being repeatedly added to groups you left.

It is worth noting that not all of the new features are aimed exclusively at those in charge of groups as the update also brings with it a "participant search" feature which as the name suggests lets group members more easily search for and find other groups members. 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.

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