WhatsApp, as per reports, has been working on an important moderation feature. It will allow the group admins to delete messages for any user in the group.
The instant messaging App is said to be developing this moderation feature which is supported on ‘Telegram’ messaging App also.
However, WhatsApp is yet to announce details of this feature. And it is expected to arrive in upcoming beta versions for Android and iOS.
As seen in the screenshot shared by WABetaInfo, a deleted message in a WhatsApp chat, with a placeholder message that states “This was deleted by an admin, WABetaInfo”.
Its rival Telegram also allows group admins to delete messages from any user, but it does not display a placeholder message.
It is going to be a game changer when it comes to moderation tool in WhatsApp groups. This will specifically help to curb fake news or harmful content on the platform.
The Bombay High Court and the Madras High Court have earlier held that WhatsApp group admins were not liable for objectionable content posted to a group.
In 2021, the Bombay High Court had noted that group admins had only limited powers of adding or deleting members to the group and does not have the power to regulate or censor the content posted in the group.
Also, there is no word on whether group admins will be able to delete older messages in a group. WhatsApp users can currently delete their own messages in chats or groups within 4,096 seconds or say one hour, eight minutes and 16 seconds.
Now onwards, WhatsApp might expand it further with the latest update.
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