Groups have always remained a critical factor in WhatsApp’s booming growth. Today, the Facebook-owned messaging service is announcing a string of features for improving that experience. For starters, it’s now easier for owners to admin a group and its participants to catch up on what happened while they were away.
To begin with, the new update lets admins add descriptions to their groups for highlighting details such as what’s it about, rules if there are any, and more. WhatsApp now also allows a group’s powers-that-be to have more control over which member can alter attributes such as the icon, description, and more. In addition to that, the update brings a catch-up feature that shows up as a floating “@” button inside a group chat and when tapped, brings up all your unread replies and mentions since you last checked. Furthermore, there’s a search option if you’d like to search a particular member from the group info page.
The more exciting aspect of this new update, however, is a feature that protects users who’ve left a group from being added again. This has been one of the biggest annoyances of WhatsApp and a key driving force for spam content. Not having the ability to simply block a particular group has continued to remain a significant shortcoming of WhatsApp. The messaging service, although, didn’t specify how exactly will this work on the app.
WhatsApp has been on an update spree lately. At Facebook’s annual developer conference, the company also announced that it will be soon bringing stickers as well as group video calls in the coming months. Moreover, WhatsApp has been testing various features to prevent the spread of spam messages on its app. Especially in countries like India, spammers have employed WhatsApp as their primary platform for spreading fake news and promote personal propaganda. There are currently no details on when these will be available. Hopefully, soon enough.