Facebook Messenger has added admin privileges for Group chats, allowing you to better control who can join in the conversation. Users can now also create and share group invite links to share with others.
Facebook has just announced it wants its group chats users to have more control over who can join in their conversations. With admin privileges, a user can now decide to approve or deny each user who requests to join the group chat.
A group chat admin can also decide to remove users from the conversation at any time, as well as promote any other user in the group chat to admin status (or demote them).
Admin privileges are turned on by default, but you can choose to deactivate the option. You will be automatically set as the group admin when you create a new group chat. For existing group conversations, everyone will be given admin status (until you, or someone else, decides to demote others.)
Facebook is also making it easier to invite more people to join your group chat with joinable links. Anyone in the group, with or without admin status, can create a custom invite link and share it with the people of their choice. Of course, group chat admins will then have the final say whether these persons can join in the group or not. If admin privileges are turned off, everyone who taps on the custom invite link will be automatically added to the group chat.
I can see custom invite links as a very useful feature for customer service.
It is clear Facebook that is investing in Messenger as a platform. By giving more control to people, it also hopes to make users feel more confident about sharing more.
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