Tarun Gupta

WhatsApp Testing Restricted Group Feature

Tarun Gupta December 5th, 2017 Mobile Marketing no comments.

WhatsApp Marketing

WhatsApp’s group admins can now restrict group admins from posting embarrassing content in group feed. All thanks to WhatsApp’s new Restricted Group feature. WABetaInfo reported that WhatsApp is now testing a feature that likely to give group administrators ability to restrict other members from sending text messages, photographs, videos, GIFs, documents, or voice messages without admin’s consent.


The website confirmed that the WhatsApp has submitted the "Restricted Groups" setting via Google Play Beta Program in version 2.17.430. Only Group admins can activate the "Restricted Groups" setting.


Once a member is restricted from sending messages, he will only be able to read messages appearing in the group feed. He won’t be able to respond to any of the members in the group.


A restricted user can use Message Admin button to post a promotional broadcast, message or share media to the group. However, the message will need to be approved by the administrator before going through to the rest of the group.


The website said in the blog post:


"A group can be restricted once every 72 hours but thanks to the 2.17.430 beta, we discovered that WhatsApp will be finally able to change this value from the server.


The Restricted Groups feature is currently disabled by default. Earlier in October, it was rumored that WhatsApp group administrators will soon be able to choose if other participants can modify the subject of the group, its icon, and its description.