WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature that will give more control and power to group admins. Meta’s instant messaging app may soon add a new option called ‘Approve new participants’, which will allow group admins to determine who can join the group. This will make it easier for group admins to ensure privacy and reduce spam messages. This feature has been spotted in WhatsApp for Android beta v126.96.36.199, which is available through the Google Play beta program, however, it is not yet available to testers.
According to a report by WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo, the messaging service is working on a new feature that will allow group admins to decide who can join a group. There will be an option “Approve new participants” in the group settings, where group admins can accept or deny incoming requests from people who want to join a particular group. The messaging platform is said to be rolling out the update for Android with v188.8.131.52 beta through the Google Play beta program. This feature is still in development and is not available to beta testers.
The development comes days after the company announced a new privacy feature, Meta’s social messaging platform, that allows participants to silently exit WhatsApp groups without informing anyone. This feature will allow users to exit the group privately without informing everyone except the admin. Currently, WhatsApp shows an auto-generated notification when a person leaves a group.