WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature that gives group admins more control and power. The Meta-owned instant messaging app may soon add a new option called “Approve new participants” that will allow group admins to determine who can join the group. This would make it easier for group admins to ensure privacy and reduce spam. The feature was spotted in WhatsApp for Android beta v220.127.116.11, which is available through the Google Play Beta program, however, it is not yet available for 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 the group. When published, the WhatsApp group settings will have an “Approve new participants” option where group admins can approve or reject incoming requests from people who all want to join a particular group.
The report also includes a screenshot showing off the new option, giving WhatsApp users an idea of what the feature could look like when it starts rolling out. In the screenshot, the Approve new participants option can be seen in the group settings menu at the bottom of the Edit group admins option in the WhatsApp group info. WhatsApp is likely to add a new section listing all pending requests from users to join the group.
The messaging platform is said to be rolling out the update through the Google Play Beta program, with beta version v18.104.22.168 for Android. The feature is still in development and not visible to beta testers.
The development comes days after the Meta-owned social messaging platform announced a new privacy feature that allows participants to silently leave WhatsApp groups without notifying other members of their exit. This feature will allow users to leave a group privately without having to notify everyone except the admins. Currently, WhatsApp shows an automatically generated notification when someone leaves a group. The new feature will be available to all users this month.