WhatsApp! The new feature

One of the most widely used and well known app of today’s era that has introduced a new essence in text messaging through mobile app is none other than whatsapp messenger, which is now operating under the ownership of facebook, progressing and achieving new milestones .

More than 1 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp1 to stay in touch with friends and family, anytime and anywhere. WhatsApp is free2 and offers simple, secure, reliable messaging and calling, available on phones all over the world.

WhatsApp is about to rolling out a new feature which will prevent members of a group, other than the admin, from sending any new messages.

Termed ‘Restricted Groups’, the update forces group members to become silent spectators to messages sent by the group admins- who are the only ones allowed to activate this feature.

Restricted Groups prevents all forms of chat for non-admins; from sending text messages to sharing an image, videos or their location. Admins will not face any restrictions on this new function. Non-admins will be able to message the group admin directly via the ‘Message Admin’ button, which will allow their message to reach the group after being vetted by an admin.

There are both pros and cons to this feature, depending on how it’s used. Its benefits would include highlighting important information which the group admins do not want to be overlooked. However, admins can also misuse it by preventing each member of a group from having their say on a topic of discussion.