Facebook Messenger updated with admin privileges and joinable links


"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. This will act the same way as other message apps and platforms where an admin has the final say on who gets in and who gets kicked out of group chats.

Facebook seems to really be pushing Messenger as a group communication tool as more people are moving away from the social network aspect of the app. Similar to WhatsApp, the update gives admins many more options to control who can join your group chats. That popularity earned the feature Facebook's attention; it worked to add new capabilities to group chats, chief among those being admin privileges.

Group Chats can get quite unruly though, with support for up to 250 people in a group at a time - so giving administrators control is a great idea, and the new controls are quite intuitive.

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By default, the need to approve new members is turned off. Administrators can enable it if they'd like. Anybody in the chat can create a custom link and share it with whoever they want to join the conversation.

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

The new feature also makes it easier to add people to group chats as it brings "joinable links".