Facebook might be in a sight of bother at the moment, but that doesn’t stop the company from introducing new features to the platform. Today, the social networking giant has pushed a new update to the Messenger application, which added two new features to the Messenger Groups. The first one is admin privileges, which gives the group administrator a lot of controls that includes the approval of a new person to the group, remove members, and so on. The second feature is the joinable group links with which a user can easily join a group using a link. Both the features are currently rolling out to the Facebook Messenger Android and iOS apps.
Firstly, let’s talk about the Admin Privileges feature. First and foremost, this feature allows an admin to approve new members before they join the group chat, and Facebook states that this feature will be helpful in large group chats. With the latest update, admins also can remove group chat members if needed, and promote or demote any other person in the group chat as an admin.
The great thing about admin privileges in Messenger is users have the option to decide whether they want to enable the admin rights for approving new members or not. And do make a note that the preference is off by default in your group chat settings. If you want to enable it, head over to the group chat settings and manually enable it.
Next up, Facebook also made it easier to add new people to the group chat by implementing joinable links. Anyone in a group can generate a joinable link and share it with others who’re looking to join the conversation. And if the admin privileges are turned off, users will be automatically added to the group by just tapping the joinable link. However, if the admin rights are turned on, the admin will review the person and will accept it later.
Doesn’t these two features sound familiar? Yes, these are the features which Facebook’s other company WhatsApp rolled out to its platform a while back. Joinable links feature was implemented in WhatsApp long back, whereas the admin privileges are slowly rolling out at the moment.