Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp, has recently announced two new updates for the popular messaging app. These updates are related to WhatsApp groups and aim to provide users and group admins with more control over their group settings and privacy.
WhatsApp groups get major upgrade with new privacy control and common groups features
The first update is a new privacy control tool for group admins. With this tool, admins will be able to decide who can join the group. This tool, called the “Pending participants” feature, gives admins more control over who can join their group. When an admin shares their WhatsApp group’s invite link or makes their WhatsApp group joinable in a community, they will now have more control over who can join. As described by the company:
As more people join communities, we want to give group admins more control over their group privacy, so we’ve built a simple tool that gives admins the ability to decide who is able to join a group. When an admin chooses to share their group’s invite link, or make their group joinable in a community, they now have more control over who can join. Groups are where people have some of their most intimate conversations and it’s important that admins are able to easily decide who can and cannot come in.
The second update is a way for users to find out which groups they have in common with someone else. This feature is handy for those who are looking to connect with others who share similar interests or hobbies. To use this feature, users simply need to search for a contact’s name, and they will be able to see the contact’s group memberships.
With the growth of Communities and their larger groups, we want to make it easy to know which groups you have in common with someone. Whether you’re trying to remember the name of a group you know you share with someone or you want to see the groups you’re both in, you can now easily search a contact’s name to see your groups in common.
These new features for WhatsApp groups are rolling out over the coming weeks on both iOS and Android. WhatsApp has also been testing a new feature that will allow group chat memberships on the encrypted platform to expire after a set period of time. While it’s not clear when this feature will be ready to go live, it’s a promising development for those who are concerned about privacy and security on the app.
WhatsApp is known for its user-friendly interface and features that make communication easy and accessible. With these new updates, users and group admins will have even more control over their privacy and group settings. The Pending participants tool is particularly useful for admins who want to ensure that their groups remain safe and secure. In contrast, the common groups feature is a great way to connect with like-minded individuals.