Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

WhatsApp lets admins set group chats to broadcast-only mode

WhatsApp copies Telegram to add one-way ‘broadcast’ mode to group chats		
		
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Troy Mann | 01 July, 2018, 21:27

WhatsApp is now rolling out a new feature to their messaging app which should make it easier for organizations or groups to send out announcements to members of the group. The application now allows users to download their data and transfer it. Open a WhatsApp Group, then go into Group Info tap Group Settings Send Messages.

The rollout assumes significance in India given that many WhatsApp groups have been linked to the spread of rumours and unverified information that has also led to violence.

WhatsApp is the most popular IP-based messaging app worldwide.

When the "Only Admins" option is selected by an administrator and only administrators can send messages, WhatsApp will hide the chat text input bar, alerting the user that messages cannot be sent. This setting is rolling out to all users around the world on the latest supported versions of the app.

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The new feature will enable a setting where only the admin of a group can send messages to the group.

When a new person joins a group, the description will show up at the top of the chat, the Facebook-owned company added.

Still, the fact that WhatsApp requires users to provide a phone number to join groups - anyone's number can be looked up by any group member - is one issue when it comes to creating or joining public groups. However, users can quickly contact administrators if they want an important message to be sent. Messages will still appear for normal participants, but they will not be allowed to send any themselves unless they are upgraded to admin status.

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