WhatsApp is getting a new feature that allows group admins to control the ability of participants to send messages in the group. Available under the Group Settings menu is a new option called Send Messages that can be toggled for admins or all participants.
The feature is available in Android beta version and stable version 2.18.70 on iPhone. Android and Windows users will have the stable version rolled out to them. However, there was no mention/comment of when it will happen.
The new Send Messages option will now accompany the Edit Group Info that was there before. Participants in the group will be notified about the developments through broadcast text messages.
Group admin controls on WhatsApp were first announced last month when the platform rolled out the ability to admins to control who can edit the group’s description, icon, and remove admin permissions.