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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
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  • 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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Facebook not yet ready with digital payments on Messenger in India

When launched, the new payments feature is set to give a tough competition to Paytm and other digital payment services like Google Tez

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Facebook has no plans as of now to bring digital payment facility to its Messenger application in India, informed sources said on Thursday. “There are currently no tests planned for recharges or peer-to-peer payments on Messenger in India,” the sources told IANS.

Factor Daily had reported that Facebook has begun a beta version of recharge payments for mobile phone and other prepaid services on Messenger. “Mobile recharge option is a Facebook ‘Marketplace’ offering — which is actually going on as a pilot test which is right now available to only Android users in some regions,” the sources added.

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Facebook has many fake profiles. Pixabay

Launched in 2016, Marketplace is a user-to-user exchange platform for buying and selling goods with others within the community. Currently, the peer-to-peer payment service on Messenger is available for its users in the US and the UK.

More than 1.3 billion people around the world are now using Facebook Messenger every month. The growth of Messenger now puts the app at par with Facebook-owned WhatsApp which also has over 1.3 billion monthly active users (MAUs). WhatsApp, however, has rolled out the testing phase of its digital payment feature in India — a first such move globally — which will be officially rolled out to its over 200 million Indian users in the days to come.

Also Read: Facebook introduces new privacy updates for EU users

When launched, the new payments feature is set to give a tough competition to Paytm and other digital payment services like Google Tez. The payments feature would take advantage of UPI (Unified Payments Interface) and include support by a number of banks, including the State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, and Axis Bank. IANS

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