WhatsApp is rolling out the ability to create Read-only messaging groups

Ruben Fields
July 1, 2018

Similar to a feature offered by Telegram, this gives administrators the ability to be the only users in a group capable of sending messages...

Group Settings also has the Edit Group Info option that allows admins to controls whether all participants can edit the group's description or not.

The new feature is now available to users across the world on the latest supported versions of the Android and iOS applications.

After WhatsApp pushed out an update focusing on group admins to Android users early this month, the developer has made a decision to bring more options to iOS fans as well. It works in the same way as Telegram's channels and allows only the admin of a group to send messages, TechCrunch reported.

The approach could greatly alter what it's like to be a part of a WhatsApp group, changing them from a place for conversation to a place for receiving announcements from, say, a school group, political organization, or professional group.

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To enable this new feature, users have to open "Group Info", and select "Only Admins".

WhatsApp is also testing its payment services in India and ahead of an official launch.

About 250 million of WhatsApp's 1.5 billion monthly active users live in India.

Actually, as is often the case for WhatsApp, users have unofficially adopted channel-like behavior for some time.

However, the official launch date of WhatsApp's payments service is still a mystery but with the policy update, the company may be closer to the full launch.

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