WhatsApp 'Demote as Admin' Feature Being Tested for Group Chats

Technology       by Nozair Hanif Mirza | Published

Instant messaging application, Whatsapp is planning to bring a new feature for Admins that will facilitate the removal of the other admin from the group without administering it to the group's admin.

"At present, WhatsApp is developing this feature for iOS and it will be available soon for all users, instead for Android it is already enabled by default in the newest WhatsApp Google Play beta for Android 2.18.12", the report added. It will be able to demote the administrator of the group chat to standard group chat participant. As of now, to dismiss an admin from a group one have to first remove the person from the chat and later add them back, but with this users can easily dismiss the person and will save extra unnecessary steps. With this new update, if an individual is not happy with the performance of the group administrator, then it can challenge their admin privileges. WhatsApp is testing the feature on both Android (beta v2.18.12) and iOS.

You can sign up to the beta version of WhatsApp here. Similarly, only a group admin can remove people from group chats.

However, the group chat also faced some negative publicity when it was reported this week that WhatsApp's Group chats were at a risk of being infiltrated by "anyone who controls the app's servers", despite being encrypted.

If you're the group admin, you - and only you, if you're the only admin - will be allowed to send any messages. A WhatsApp spokesperson confirmed the findings to Wired, however adding that "no one can secretly add a new member to a group and a notification does go through that a new, unknown member has joined the group".

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