Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced two new updates to “groups” on WhatsApp — new controls for administrators, and easier viewing of groups in general. The new features, which will roll out globally in the coming weeks, come just months after WhatsApp launched Communities, a feature that offered larger, more structured discussion groups.
“Last year, we introduced Communities to help people get the most out of their groups on WhatsApp. Since launching, we’ve wanted to build even more tools for administrators and users alike. Today we’re excited to roll out some new changes to make Groups more manageable for admins and easier to navigate for everyone.”
It has created a tool that gives admins the ability to decide who can join groups, giving admins more control over the privacy of their groups. “When an admin chooses to share their group’s invite link or make their group eligible to join a community, they now have more control over who can join,” the company said.
With the growth of communities and their larger groups, the tech giant said it wants to make it easier to know what groups you have in common with anyone else. “Whether you’re trying to remember the name of a group you know you share with someone or you just want to see groups you’re both in, now you can view your groups as usual. Easily search for a contact’s name for.”
WhatsApp is rolling out a tweaked link preview interface on iOS beta. For beta testers, a new row will appear above the chat bar when the link is entered into the platform, and the application will animate the row while loading the link preview, WABetaInfo reports.
Previously, users had no indication whether or not the platform was loading the preview, which undoubtedly led to confusion and wasted time while they waited for it to appear. The tweaked interface when loading link previews is available for some beta testers who install the latest version of WhatsApp beta for iOS from the TestFlight app, and will be rolled out to more people in the coming days, the report said. are supposed to.
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