Messaging platform WhatsApp has added a host of new features which includes the likes of Group Discussions and Communities.
The Meta owned platform is debuting a new way to connect to individuals who share similar interests and also increased the maximum number of participants in group chats from 100 to 512, reported Mashable.
After reports of administrators and users wanting to keep track of who have left chats in such large groups, WhatsApp is beta-testing a new function.
According to it, group managers and members of WhatsApp’s iPhone beta version 184.108.40.206 will be able to see who left the group or was removed from it within the last 60 days. WABetaInfo mentioned that under the list of current participants on ‘Group Information’ page, a new option called ‘See Past Participants’ has been added.
Moreover, there is also a separate search box for the list of banned users, usually helpful for lengthy chats where people leave and rejoin. It may also be useful to small businesses who use WhatsApp groups for internal communications or client involvement.
In addition, the current system of notifying all the participants in a chat when someone leaves or is removed from a group is being rolled back by the company. Only the admins will receive notification of such incidents through in-chat, in a bid to speed up moderation.
Effectively, this means that the names of members who have either left or have been removed will be included in the list of ‘Past Participants’.
Mashable also reported that the software is cross-platform and it is likely to be released for both Android and desktop soon. For iOS users part of WhatsApp TestFlight, the feature has already begun to roll out.
Meanwhile, the messaging platform is also testing an Android capability enabling group administrators to assist in content filtering by deleting messages.