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WhatsApp Copies Telegram to Add One-way ‘Broadcast’ Mode to Group Chats

When a new person joins a group, the description will show up at the top of the chat, the Facebook-owned company added

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WhatsApp working on fingerprint authentication for chats: Report. Pixabay

Aiming to take on encrypted messaging platform Telegram, WhatsApp has released a new feature for its groups which is essentially a “one-way broadcast” communication stream.

“Today, we’re launching a new group setting where only admins are able to send messages to 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.

To enable this new feature, users have to open “Group Info,” and select “Only Admins”.

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The company is rolling out the feature to all users around the world, who are on the latest supported versions of the app.

Another new feature that is being rolled out is group description which is essentially a short blurb found under group information that allows users to set the purpose, guidelines or topics for the group.

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When a new person joins a group, the description will show up at the top of the chat, the Facebook-owned company added.

Meanwhile, a “protection” feature has also been introduced, so that users cannot be repeatedly added to groups they have already left.

These features are currently available for Android and iPhone devices. (IANS)

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WhatsApp Decides to Take Legal Actions Against its Term Violaters

The platform said it was able to assess the past dealings with problematic behaviours to ban 20 per cent of bad accounts at the time of registration itself

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FILE - The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

To improve the health of its platform, Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has decided to take legal actions against those who are exploiting the platform by ways of unauthorised usage of the app, that has over 1.5 billion users.

“Beginning on December 7, WhatsApp will take legal action against those we determine are engaged in or assisting others in abuse that violates our Terms of Service, such as automated or bulk messaging or non-personal use, even if that determination is based on information solely available to us off our platform,” the company wrote in a post on Wednesday.

The company said WhatsApp is not intended to circulate bulk or automated messaging, both of which have always been a violation of their Terms of Service.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device.

“WhatsApp was designed for private messaging, so we have taken action globally to prevent bulk messaging and enforce limits on how WhatsApp accounts that misuse WhatsApp can be used. We have also stepped up our ability to identify abuse, which helps us ban 2 million accounts globally per month,” TechCrunch reported a WhatsApp spokesperson as saying.

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Earlier this year, the platform said that it had built a Machine Learning (ML)-based system to detect and remove users who behaved inappropriately on the app.

The platform said it was able to assess the past dealings with problematic behaviours to ban 20 per cent of bad accounts at the time of registration itself, the report added. (IANS)