WhatsApp Improves Group Chat Tools
WhatsApp today added a handful of features to its group chat function that should improve the experience. For example, a new group description provides a short blurb that explains the purpose, topic, and guidelines behind each group. Admins have a fresh set of controls that allow them to restrict who can change the group's subject, icon, and description. Admins can also remove admin permissions from other participants, though group creators can no longer be removed from a group they created. A new function called group catch up lets people who've been away from a group for a while catch up on the conversation. Participants can more easily search for others in the group. Last, WhatsApp allows people to prevent themselves from being repeatedly re-added to groups they've chosen to leave. The new features are rolling out to WhatsApp for Android and iOS today. WhatsApp is owned by Facebook.
Facebook Improves User Control Over Group Chats in Messenger
Facebook today expanded the tools people can use to manage large group chats in Messenger. Administrator privileges allow people to approve new members before they can join a group chat, as well as remove members and promote/demote another user to/from the role of admin.
Facebook Messenger Gains Group Video Chats
Facebook today launched group video chats within Messenger. The tool will allow up to six participants to view one another in a live video call.
Snapchat Adds Group Chats for Up to 16 People
Snapchat updated its mobile app today with a new feature. Users can now video chat with up to 16 of their friends at one time.
Facebook Messenger Adds Group Payments
Facebook today made it possible to pay groups of people within Messenger. The app has supporter peer-to-peer payments since 2015, but they were limited to single people.
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