WhatsApp released v2.17.430 Beta for Android today. This update showed up on the Google Play Store just hours after reports of outages across a number of countries. One of the many new features in the beta update is the Restricted Groups feature.
Restricted Group is a new type of group where the administrators can disable the ability to chat for all the non-administrators in the group. This feature was first spotted and reported on by WABetaInfo. Recently, we too noticed this feature in the iOS beta.
What happens when chat is disabled for Members?
When an administrator disables the chat function for non-administrators, they will only be able to read the group messages, mute the group or send messages to the administrators. Members who aren’t admin won’t be able to chat with each others in the group.
According to the report by WABetaaInfo, Administrators will only be able to restrict a group once every 72 hours. However, the company may change the limit from their end during the final release. Additionally, when a restricted user sends a message to the administrator, it will be shown to the administrator as a Reply in the group.
Recently, WhatsApp also rolled out a new beta update for all its iOS users, which would allow them to view YouTube videos within the app while continuing to chat. This was made possible by the Picture in Picture mode feature. Additionally, the app also brought the ability to record voices messages without keeping the microphone button pressed.