The WhatsApp team is working hard to improve the groups, which are one of the aspects on which we want to invest more, perhaps also to counter the success of Telegram. And it is precisely on the groups that an interesting novelty is coming: as reported by WABetaInfo, a function is being rolled out that will allow the administrators to silence all the users who participate in the group (except for the administrators themselves).
It was a function we had already heard of long ago that could potentially radically change the use of groups, turning them into something similar to Telegram’s channels. Alternatively, it can be used to temporarily shut down very large groups, perhaps to give important communication. As mentioned, in fact, this new option allows administrators to decide who can send messages, selecting from Only administrators or All participants.
This feature is being rollout in the latest versions of WhatsApp (which may not yet be available to everyone): the useful versions are 2.18.01 for Android and 2.18.70 for iOS. While waiting to be able to silence your friends, take a look at the screenshots below:
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