New WhatsApp features to watch out for

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According to insider website WABetaInfo, new features are currently in the works for messaging service WhatsApp.

The changes are largely focused on WhatsApp group functionality, giving group admins more control over group chat participation and content, improving their moderation capabilities.

According to WABetaInfo, the platform will soon allow group admins to delete posts. The feature was first spotted during testing in 2021, but has now started rolling out.

Admins can delete messages by long tapping on the respective message and selecting “Delete for everyone”. The message will be replaced with placeholder text with the name of the admin who deleted it so that all participants know who took the action.

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WhatsApp is also rolling out a feature that allows users to view a history of participants in a group.

This includes those who have left or been removed from a group within a 60-day period.

These new features bolster WhatsApp group management tools, something the platform lacked compared to other apps like Telegram or Signal.

This is especially important in a South African context, where messages shared via WhatsApp have serious legal ramifications, and group administrators bear responsibility when it comes to certain content and how information is processed within groups.

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The popular messaging app is also still working on and implementing other changes such as presenting links in a rich text format with status updates.

In the current format, links appear as simple text in statuses. With the update, these links will now be displayed in more detail, including pulling in images and/or text from the link source, and displaying them in a box similar to how they are presented on platforms such as Instagram.

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Other changes being developed or rolled out include:

  • Allow users to add a voice note as their status update;
  • Add support for syncing chats across multiple smartphones;
  • Rolling out the ability to use any emoji as a response;
  • A ‘stealth mode’ for online status;
  • Allow users to edit their own posts.

WABetaInfo noted that feature rollout on WhatsApp has been historically slow, and not the same on the Android and iOS platforms, so users shouldn’t expect every feature to be available immediately.


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