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WhatsApp has rolled out a new group chat feature to beta users on iOS that gives group admins the ability to delete messages from other participants, reports WABetaInfo.

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WhatsApp has been busy building out its group chat features in recent updates, and this latest feature aims to help group admins better moderate conversations, which can involve up to 256 people on the platfrom.

For beta testers who have received "group admin delete" privileges, they will be able to delete any recent message from a chat group in which they are an admin, courtesy of a new "delete for everyone" option in the delete menu popover.

When a message is deleted for everyone in the group, group members are notified in the thread that a particular group admin removed the message.

Also new in the latest beta is an optional ability to view Status updates within the chat list. Similar to WhatsApp Stories, Status updates let WhatsApp users post photos and videos within the app that disappear after 24 hours.

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As usual, WhatsApp hasn't offered any details on when these new features will roll out to the public while it develops them under the aegis of its beta testers.

In the last major update, WhatsApp users received the ability to adjust the visibility of their "Last Seen" status on a contact-by-contact basis, and a way to silently leave group chats without all members of the group being notified when you do. WhatsApp is also developing an updated Mac app that features native Apple silicon support.

Article Link: WhatsApp Group Admins Can Delete Any Message for Everyone in Latest Beta
 

joshwenke

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yep all chats on WhatsApp are end to end encrypted, which kinda makes Havalo's message pointless
Just because Facebook says they're end-to-end encrypted doesn't mean you are secure while using WhatsApp. You honestly trust Facebook??
 

maktaba

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The one feature in WhatsApp that I’m eagerly waiting for is the ability to hide your online status.
 
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xserret

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Damm I hate whatsapp... they are so far away from the other decent group collaboration tools
Yet everybody uses this
 
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BanjoDudeAhoy

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Damm I hate whatsapp... they are so far away from the other decent group collaboration tools
Yet everybody uses this
I don't hate it, but I'd really rather my family used Messages. Or even Signal or something.
But WhatsApp is so firmly established at this point that it's pretty much impossible to get them away from it - and of course, they still think Android phones are so much better than iPhones.
 

matankai

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The one feature in WhatsApp that I’m eagerly waiting for is the ability to hide your online status.
Amen - and they will continue to ignore these requests, because it boosts their engagement rates significantly; mental health be damned.
 
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AKDub

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Amen - and they will continue to ignore these requests, because it boosts their engagement rates significantly; mental health be damned.
According to the whatsappbetainfo guy on twitter - hide online status, multiple devices & ipad app are all in development. Maybe telegram has been stealing enough users from them and it's lit a fire under them after years of stagnation....

If thats the case it's a shame that Signal did not take more advantage of whatsapp generally being a bit **** to get more popular - other than privacy it was their only way to get a foot in the door, but here we are in 2022 and Signal on iOS still cant do backups.
 
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