WhatsApp makes changes to group chat

Users can now leave a group permanently to avoid being repeatedly added back

Reuters May 16, 2018
The WhatsApp messaging application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Messaging service WhatsApp rolled out new group-chat features on Tuesday, including more controls for administrators as well as regular group members.

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Users can now leave a group permanently to avoid being repeatedly added back after they have left, Facebook-owned WhatsApp said in a blog post.

Administrators can no longer be removed from a group they created and users can now quickly locate messages that mention them in a group conversation.

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Groups on WhatsApp have taken a central role in the messaging service that has more than 1 billion users, helping connect people with similar interests across the globe.

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