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WhatsApp launches new features for Groups

Published 5/17/2018 by IanDorfman

WhatsApp is getting new features in a bid to play catch-up with other chat applications that tout more robust group conversation creation and management tools (such as Small Signal iconSignal or Small Telegram iconTelegram). Following Facebook's major changing of the guard for its WhatsApp messaging service, the company posted a new blog post detailing a list of new features that have been added to the service's Groups functionality.

The use cases stated in the blog post announcing these changes include family members separated by large distances, new parents seeking support to help get their children on the right growth path, study sessions organized by students, and local government leaders looking to coordinate community efforts to provide relief following disasters.

In addition to protection for users so they can no longer be added to groups they have left repeatedly, here are the new features listed in the blog post:

  • Group description: A short blurb found under group info that allows you to set the purpose, guidelines, or topics for the group. When a new person joins a group, the description will show up at the top of the chat.
  • Admin controls: In group settings, there's now a control that allows admins to restrict who can change the group's subject, icon, and description.
  • Group catch up: When you've been away from a group chat, quickly catch up on messages that mention or reply to you by tapping on a new @ button that appears at the bottom right corner of the chat.
  • Participant search: Find anyone in a group by searching for participants on the group info page.
    Admins can now remove admin permissions of other group participants, and group creators can no longer be removed from the group they started.

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