WhatsApp is rolling out the ability to create Read-only messaging groups

Donna Miller
July 1, 2018

WhatsApp is available as a free download on the App Store.

The launch of new features came days after the company told the New York Times it planned to give group administrators more control. New group features have also been added in the form of the "Restrict Group Permissions" feature, which allows users to restrict permissions to admins only to change the group subject, subject, and info, as well as the dismiss an admin feature for demoting an administrator. This setting is rolling out to all users around the world on the latest supported versions of the app.

The approach could greatly alter what it's like to be a part of a WhatsApp group, changing them from a place for conversation to a place for receiving announcements from, say, a school group, political organization, or professional group. If the administrator selects this setting, called "Only Admins", only they will be allowed to publish to the group - they can allow others to publish by adding them as administrators.

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After WhatsApp pushed out an update focusing on group admins to Android users early this month, the developer has chose to bring more options to iOS fans as well. We've introduced this new setting so admins can have better tools for these use cases. Additionally, if the latter option is chosen, an "Only admins can send messages" prompt will replace the message field. Open "Group Info" tap "Group Settings".

Either way, the feature coming to WhatsApp, a platform with over 1.5 billion users, can only improve it and make it more useful for people's needs.

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