WhatsApp is hard at work on a new feature that will purportedly shake-up how group conversations work within the app…and also look al little bit more like telegram.
Dubbed Restricted Groups, the new feature is tipped to bestow a lot more power on the administrator in a group chat. Admins will now be able to silence and ban other members.
According to the rumours, admin users will be able to restrict other users from contributing to a group chat. As a result, only the group admin will be allowed to send any messages to the chat and everyone else will only be able to read them.
The Restricted Groups feature can be enabled by anyone with administrator privileges within a group chat.
The setting can be changed every 72 hours, which means group members can be silenced for a few days at a time.
The new feature has surfaced in a beta build for the chat app.
WhatsApp has also announced advanced features, bug fixes and general improvements in the upcoming update.
The features will be available once WhatsApp enables it for all users.