WhatsApp announced several new features for groups in a blog post Tuesday:
- Group description: Group administrators can establish the purpose, guidelines and topics for groups, and new members will see this information atop the chat.
- Admin controls: Admins can restrict which members can change the group’s subject, icon and description. They can also remove admin permissions of other group members. Group creators can no longer be removed from groups they started.
- Group catch-up: Group members can catch up on messages that mention them or replies to their posts by tapping a new @ button in the bottom-right-hand corner of the group chat.
- Participant search: Group members can find other group members by searching the group information page.
WhatsApp also said users cannot be repeatedly added back to groups they have left, adding in its blog post, “Groups have been an important part of the WhatsApp experience, whether it’s family members connecting across the globe or childhood friends staying in touch over the years. There are also people coming together in groups on WhatsApp like new parents looking for support, students organizing study sessions and even city leaders coordinating relief efforts after natural disasters.”