Code Bytes: WhatsApp has started rolling out the ‘Send Messages’ feature for group admins to restrict members from sending messages to the group.
The feature is being rolled out gradually to all Android and iOS users. Do note that it is a server-side change, which means even people using older versions of the app may be able to access the feature without any issue.
It can be accessed by going over to Group Info > Group Settings > Send Messages, where Admins will find two options – ‘Only Admins’ and ‘All Participants’. As is evident, selecting the first option will restrict all members from sending messages to the group, while selecting the second option, which will be enabled by default, will allow all members to send messages to the group.
Last month, WhatsApp also added four other features for Groups. This included the ability for admins to add Group descriptions — which is information that gets displayed at the top of the chat when a new user joins. And new controls were added in Group settings, allowing admins to restrict who can change the subject, icon and description.