WhatsApp ‘Demote as admin’ feature rolling out

Whatsapp is known to be testing its new features often in different parts of the world and on different platforms. The chat app last month rolled out a beta phase of ‘Demote as Admin’ feature that allows an admin to demote or dismiss another admin to a normal group member in the group. The feature was already available for iOS users and web apps. It is now finally rolling out to Android users with WhatsApp version 2.18.116.

More about the feature:

Till now, when an administrator wants to remove a fellow administrator from the post, it is required to first directly remove the concerned administrator from the group and then add him or her again. But with this new feature, to take the admin rights from another participant, select the admin in Group Info and tap as ‘Dismiss as admin’. He or she will be demoted to a group member with no admin rights.

The Facebook-owned app is also likely to give group administrators more powers where they would be able to restrict all other members from sending text messages, photographs, videos, GIFs, documents or voice messages. The popular mobile messaging platform has submitted the Restricted Groups setting via Google Play Beta Programme in the version 2.17.430.

The Restricted Groups setting can only be activated by group administrators. Administrators can keep sharing media and be chatting as normal as they restrict other members. Once restricted, other members will simply have to read their messages and will not be able to respond. They will have to use the Message Admin button to post a message or share media to the group. The message will need to be approved by the administrator before going through to the rest of the group.

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