WhatsApp is testing a new feature that allows group admins to delete any message sent by other members in the group. The feature was previously made available to some Android beta testers and is now finally being rolled out to iOS beta testers.
WhatsApp testing new message deletion feature for groups
According to a new report from WABetaInfo, WhatsApp beta 18.104.22.168 for iOS includes a new feature called Admin Delete. As explained by the publication, the new feature gives group admins privileges to delete messages sent by other users via a new “delete for everyone” option available when you tap on delete after long-pressing a message. If a group admin deletes a message using this functionality, other members are notified.
In addition to this, the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS also allows users to view status updates straight from the chat list. Now, when a contact uploads a new status, beta testers can simply tap their profile picture to view it.
As of right now, we do not know when the ability for group members to delete any message sent by members will be rolled out in a public release.
In related news, WhatsApp recently rolled out the ability to exit a group privately without the app notifying every other user in the group that you have left. Now, instead of every user in the group being notified, only the admins will be notified of your departure. This feature was first reported to be in development back in May and it has to be one of the best features WhatsApp has thought about putting out in recent months.
Alongside the ability to leave groups silently, the company also launched the ability to hide your online status from certain users and being able to block users from screenshotting View Once Messages.
The company is also currently testing another feature related to groups called “Past Participants,” allowing users who search and view the information of group members who were removed from a group or left it in the past 60 days.