Messaging service WhatsApp announced that it will now allow group admins to have exclusive message-sending privileges. The company announced the update in a Friday blog post. “One way people use groups is to receive important announcements and information,” the company explained in the post. “We’ve introduced this new setting so admins can have better tools for these use cases.”
The feature is rolling out immediately, the company said. The move is part of a larger overhaul of group features announced by WhatsApp in the recent months, including protections against being repeatedly added back to groups, group descriptions, and so on.
The new feature draws heavily from Telegram’s channels which are popular for setting up a broadcast news feed that allows people to sign up to get alerts from channel admins, who might be news agencies, companies, schools, public interest groups or more. One key difference from WhatsApp is that Telegram does not require users to share their mobile phone numbers, similar to most other online platforms Telegram users can be assigned a username.
Recent WhatsApp updates
— 15th June: The messaging service denied reports that its UPI feature is fully live in India, and said that the feature is still running in beta version. As of this report, the payments beta is only accessible by referral from someone who is already on it.
— 16th May: As part of its group changes, the company said that it will no longer allow people who started a group to leave it. It also introduced tweaks such as searching for participants within groups and catching up on mentions when you’re away.