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WhatsApp testing restricted group chat feature

WhatsApp is testing a new feature that only lets admins post in a group chat.

The cross platform instant messaging service are trialling a new feature that would mean that only a person named as admin in a group would be able to compose messages whilst all others are able to just read it.

A beta version turned up the new feature, where a message read: "[Admin name] allowed only admins to send messages to this group."

The spot was made by WABetainfo, who shared on their blog page: "Administrators will be able to disable the chat features in the group: that means all participants won't be able to send in the group text messages, images, videos, GIFs, documents, voice messages or starting a new live location session ... They will be able to do nothing in the group, and a notification in the chat will appear:

"When administrators will disable the chat features, only they can interact each other in the group: this may happen when an administrator wants to get the attention of all participants, writing something important or to organize an event.

When a group is restricted and only administrators can interact into it, a normal participant can only read incoming messages and he cannot send messages."

However, if someone has something important to say, they can message the admin privately and ask for access to post.

They added on their blog: "If a no-admin participant needs to write something in a restricted group, he has to contact an administrator, and he can use the Message admin button."

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