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Facebook Messenger adds administrator privileges for group chats

24 March 2018

Making it easier to control large groups on Messenger, Facebook on Wednesday introduced a feature that gives the administrators more powers where they will be able to approve and remove members and promote or demote any other person in the group chat. The admin option is turned off by default but if you want to activate it, you can find it in the group chat settings. "The first of the tools is aimed at group admins, allowing them to essentially vet new members of group chats before they can join in", Venture Beat reports. To improve the new-member experience, Facebook is launching joinable links, which are custom invite links that users create and share with others. These privileges run in the background, Facebook explains, and they can be ignored if the group isn't one that requires administrative management.

The update should already be live so if you are a frequent user of Messenger and participate in group chats, these new tools could be worth taking a look at.

You can also now have realtime voice and video chats within your group. If you're using Messenger Lite, you can also now do video chats if you prefer talking in real time rather than just typing out your messages.

Facebook Messenger adds administrator privileges for group chats
Facebook Messenger adds administrator privileges for group chats

Facebook's Messenger has been gaining in popularity for some time, gaining over 1.3 billion monthly active users, and with 2.5 million new group chats created every day a year ago, it's time that administrators of those chats got some controls.

According to Facebook, 2.5 million additional groups were created on Messenger per day in 2017.

Facebook Messenger adds administrator privileges for group chats