What is the ‘demote’ feature of WhatsApp?

The 'demote' and 'restricted group' features are WhatsApp's upcoming work

The Facebook-owned app is developing a new 'demote' button. Pexels
The Facebook-owned app is developing a new 'demote' button. Pexels
  • WhatsApp works on more features after reports say security can be breached.
  • The new ‘demote’ feature is being tested for iOS and Android.
  • ‘Restricted Groups’ setting submitted via Google Play Beta Programme in the version 2.17.430.

Reportedly, WhatsApp is testing a new button in group chats. The button will allow one administrator to ‘demote’ other administrators, without deleting them from the group.

Currently, when an administrator wishes to remove another administrator, s/he has to directly remove the concerned administrator from the group and then add him/her again.

The restricted group feature will only allow administrators to post media and chat. Pixabay
The restricted group feature will only allow administrators to post media and chat. Pixabay

WhatsApp is testing the feature both for iOS as well as Android.

Following research of cryptographers from Ruhr University which state WhatsApp group chat isn’t safe, the app is likely to give group administrators more powers where they would be able to restrict other members from any activity without permission.

Read more: Is WhatsApp safe?

This setting could only be activated by group administrators, where they would be able to share media and chat normally.

Other members will just simply read their messages and won’t be able to respond. A ‘Message Admin’ button would be there to post a message or share media to the group. The message will be needed to be approved by the administrator before going to the group.

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