Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

WhatsApp copies one-way broadcast communication feature from Telegram

Whatsapp_Reuters WhatsApp copies one-way broadcast communication feature from Telegram
Sherri Watson | 01 July, 2018, 12:14

Now, WhatsApp has started rolling out the "Send Messages" feature for WhatsApp beta users in Android as well as for iOS and Windows Mobile users, according to a WABetaInfo report. Open "Group Info" tap "Group Settings".

Multi-platform messaging app WhatsApp has announced a new option that essentially allows group chat admins to create one-way broadcast channels, a feature seen on other social services like Telegram and Discord. We've introduced this new setting so admins can have better tools for these use cases.

The "Send Messages" feature in groups lets group administrators disable chat features in a group. "One way people use groups is to receive important announcements and information, including parents and teachers at schools, community centres, and non-profit organisations", the Facebook-owned company wrote in a blog post late on Friday. WhatsApp will hide the chat text input bar, alerting the user that a message can not be sent.

This feature can be enabled by going to Group Info Group Settings Send Messages and choosing the "Only Admins" option.

WhatsApp is also testing its payment services in India and ahead of an official launch.

Meanwhile, a "protection" feature has also been introduced, so that users can not be repeatedly added to groups they have already left.

WhatsApp's statement on the new feature can be read in its entirety here.

About 250 million of WhatsApp's 1.5 billion monthly active users live in India. WhatsApp has over 200 million users in India.