WhatsApp just keeps getting better. And among the changes that Meta could soon make to its messaging service, there is a new feature that concerns group administrators.
Currently, admins of a WhatsApp group choose who can enter that group, and can also remove people from the group. On the other hand, in terms of content moderation, they have no power.
However, that may soon change. Indeed, as reported by the WABetaInfo site, which is generally well informed when it comes to future WhatsApp news, Meta is currently testing a new feature for administrators that would allow them to delete a message within the group. administered.
Apparently, this modification of the application is tested on the beta version of the messaging application. In essence, when the admin removes a post by hitting the new “delete for everyone” button, that post disappears for all members. However, other members will see, via a small note on the chat stream, that a message has been deleted.
At this time, it is not known when this feature will be available. But its deployment could make conversations on WhatsApp healthier, as administrators will be able to delete hate speech or spam within their groups, for example. On the other hand, it also means more responsibility for the admins.
The moderation of messages broadcast via WhatsApp has always been a complex issue, insofar as they are private communications, whereas on Facebook or Instagram, the content is broadcast publicly. On the other hand, messages on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted, which means that even WhatsApp does not have access to the content as the messages pass through its servers.
WhastApp is beefing up its groups
In any case, it should be noted that lately, the Meta messaging service has continued to make improvements for its newsgroups. For example, in May, in addition to increasing the file size limit to 2 GB and announcing feedback, WhatsApp also increased the group participant limit to 512 people from 256 previously.
And in April, the messaging service launched the “community” function, which allows groups of people to better organize their discussions, such as on the Slack or Discord applications.
“WhatsApp communities will bring together different groups within a single structure. This way, members will be able to receive announcements sent to the wider community while chatting in smaller groups created around specific areas of interest. Communities will also offer powerful new tools for admins, including the ability to send announcement messages to all members of the community and control which groups can be added to it.”had explained WhatsApp.
And finally, the messaging service extends the limit on the number of participants in a video call to 32 people.