Whatsapp 'Send Messages' Group Controls Officially Rolling Out on Android, iPhone

Isaac Cain
July 1, 2018

Multi-platform messaging app WhatsApp has announced a new option that essentially allows group chat admins to create one-way broadcast channels, a feature seen on other social services like Telegram and Discord.

The feature would let admins set up a group where only admins are able to send messages.

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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. You can download WhatsApp Messenger from the App Store for free. The WhatsApp has granted group admins the power to block annoying people from sending messages inside group chats. This feature is being remotely activated for WhatsApp beta version 2.18.201 users, although the site mentions that the roll-out is slow for Android, while it is comparatively faster for iOS and Windows Mobile. Once you have changed the permission of all participants, group members will notify with a particular message right above the message box. Both these features are accessible even if there is only one admin in the group. However, users can quickly contact administrators if they want an important message to be sent. Additionally, if the latter option is chosen, an "Only admins can send messages" prompt will replace the message field. Messages will still appear for normal participants, but they will not be allowed to send any themselves unless they are upgraded to admin status. Users can also use the feature to close the group at night to block messages from users, and then re-open it it in the morning. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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