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What is the ‘demote’ feature of WhatsApp?

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

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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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WhatsApp Announces 5-chat Message Forwarding Limit Globally

Based out of WhatsApp's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, Lahiri can be contacted via email and general post

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"WhatsApp Business" was launched last week in Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Britain and the US. Pixabay

Aiming to curb fake news, Facebook-owned platform WhatsApp on Monday announced it has globally lowered to five the forward limit for chats — a feature first launched in India last July.

“Starting today, WhatsApp will be implementing this change, globally i.e. all users on the latest versions of WhatsApp can now forward to only five chats at once,” the Facebook-owned platform said in a blog post.

Earlier, the company allowed users globally to forward messages for up to 20 chats (either individuals or groups).

“The new change will continue to help keep WhatsApp focused on private messaging with close contacts,” it added.

With the Indian government talking tough on WhatsApp’s failure to check the spread of fake and provocative content on its platorm, the instant messaging service last year rolled out its forward message limit to five chats for over 200 million users in the country.

In one of its notices, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) said WhatsApp has been requested to come out with more effective solutions that can bring in accountability and facilitate enforcement of law in addition to their efforts towards labelling forwards and identifying fake news.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

The IT Ministry had also asked WhatsApp to ensure that the platform is not used for malafide activities over the growing instances of lynching of innocent people owing to large number of irresponsible messages filled with rumours.

In August, Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the visiting WhatsApp CEO Chris Daniels to comply with the Indian laws and take “suitable” steps to prevent misuse of the instant messaging platform in the country.

Daniels’ meeting with the IT Minister came against the backdrop of several incidents of mob lynching being linked to the circulation of fake messages and misinformation on the instant messaging platform.

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After being pulled up by the Supreme Court for not appointing a Grievance Officer and complying with other laws of India, WhatsApp in September appointed Komal Lahiri as the Grievance Officer for the country.

Based out of WhatsApp’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, Lahiri can be contacted via email and general post. (IANS)