Since 2011, WhatsApp group chats have been available on the meta-owned messaging app. A group’s owner(s) is designated as admin(s), and they have access to features not available to group members. However, group administrators have little control over the chat itself. Things might be changing for the best of chat admins as we’ve learned that WhatsApp is currently testing a feature that would allow administrators to delete messages sent by members of their group.
This update was spotted by the famous WhatsApp features tipster WABetaInfo. The feature was spotted on WhatsApp Beta for Android version 220.127.116.11 and it is being rolled out to a small group of testers.
The feature would enable the group administrator to delete an incoming message for the entire group. When the admin deletes a message, group members are notified on the chat that the message has been deleted for everyone.
The feature is expected to allow group administrators to more effectively moderate groups while also assisting in the control of the spread of fake news and other problematic messages/forwards.
At this moment, only WhatsApp group administrators can boot members and control who joins, who can send messages, and how disappearing messages are configured. The tools for moderating activity in the chat are extremely limited, and messages cannot currently be deleted. Surprisingly, the company is currently testing that capability.
Aside from this feature, WhatsApp is also working on a way to deliver localized in-app announcements for new WhatsApp features directly within the app. Essentially, this feature will inform users of what is new in their current version of WhatsApp.