Following the recent launch of several new features that improve its groups experience, WhatsApp is bringing a one-way broadcasting setting to group chats.
During the last few months, WhatsApp has added several new features that make the groups experience better on its app. Group descriptions for example, or a feature allowing members to “catch up” after a short absence; or one that protects people from being repeatedly added back onto groups they’ve left. Now, WhatsApp is “borrowing” a feature from encrypted messaging app Telegram, allowing only admins to send messages to a group.
While most chat groups are created so that people can discuss their interests, or various issues that affect them, a one-way broadcasting setting serves a different purpose.
As WhatsApp explains in the announcement for the new feature: “One way people use groups is to receive important announcements and information, including parents and teachers at schools, community centers, and non-profit organizations. We’ve introduced this new setting so admins can have better tools for these use cases.”
To enable the setting, admins simply open “Group Info,” tap on Group Settings > Send Messages, and then select the “Only Admins.” It is currently rolling out to all users across the globe within the “latest supported versions” of the WhatsApp app on all platforms.
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