Facebook’s popular messaging application WhatsApp has started to implement a new feature that allows an administrator to ‘fire’ a co-administrator in a group chat. The ‘Dismiss as administrator’ feature allows an administrator to remove other administrators from the publication, without first removing them from the group and then re-adding them as normal members of the group.
The ‘Dismiss as administrator‘ feature of WhatsApp is now available in the beta version of WhatsApp for Android and is under development in iOS. However, the global deployment of this new feature remains currently uncertain. According to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests the new features of WhatsApp early, the new option allows one administrator to discard another without removing it from the group.
“Currently, WhatsApp is developing this feature for iOS and will soon be available to all users. It is already enabled in the latest beta version of WhatsApp Google Play for Android 2.18.12,” the report added. At this time, when an administrator wants to eliminate a fellow administrator of the publication, first the corresponding administrator of the group must be directly deleted and then added again.
Also, WhatsApp can grant group administrators more powers in which they could restrict other members to send text messages, photographs, videos, GIFs, documents or voice messages. The application has sent the “Restricted Groups” setting through the Google Play Beta Program in version 2.17.430. Once restricted, other members will just have to read their messages and will not be able to respond or post anything in the group.
WhatsApp is used by 1 billion plus people around the world. The messaging application is a key tool for communications and commerce in many countries.