The Facebook-owned company now releasing the new feature targeting to take on encrypted messaging platform Telegram. The new feature for its groups which is essentially a “one-way broadcast” communication stream which the owners of a group are the only ones capable of sending messages.
On an official blog, post-WhatsApp said that:
“Today, we’re launching a new group setting where only admins are able to send messages to a group. One way people use groups is to receive important announcements and information, including parents and teachers at schools, community centres, and non-profit organisations,”
For users to enable this feature select “Only Admins” from group info. The company decided to roll out this feature to all users around the world and help group admins to better streamline their communications.
Over the past few months, Whatsapp introduced a number of new features including group descriptions, a catch-up feature that’s an out for peoples who are constantly getting re-added to groups they’ve previously tried to leave.
When the new person joining to group the description will show up at the top of the chat.
The feature is similar of Telegram and the application gets banned recently in Russia. Another protection feature is also introduced and now users cannot repeatedly add to groups they have already left.
Whatsapp is looking very much similar to telegram with the new feature and now group admins could always broadcast information to a set of users.