The app now allows admins to restrict who can change the group’s subject, icon, and description under “Admin controls” in Group settings.
A short blurb is found under Group info that allows admins to set the purpose, guidelines or topics for the group. “When a new person joins a group, the description will show up at the top of the chat,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.
A new ‘Group catch up’ feature will let users catch up on messages that mention or reply to them by tapping on a new @ button that appears at the bottom right corner of the chat.
“Admins can now remove admin permissions of other group participants, and group creators can no longer be removed from the group they started,” the Facebook-owned company said.
Groups have been an important part of the WhatsApp experience, whether it’s family members connecting across the globe or childhood friends staying in touch over the years.
“There are also people coming together in Groups on WhatsApp like new parents looking for support and city leaders coordinating relief efforts after natural disasters,” the company added.