Making a group call on WhatsApp has now been made easier—you can now initiate the process with just a few steps. This was not the case before this update as users would have to start a one-one video call before adding a participant. The option that allows you to begin a group immediately call was not available, but things have now taken a new turn.
WhatsApp, per TechCrunch has redesigned the process so you can initiate a group call within a few clicks. The new design allows you to go to the group where the person you want to call is a member, tap on the phone icon at the top-right corner of the screen to make your call. The next screen presents you with the option to tap on the contacts within the group you want to call, tap the voice or video button, and you are good to go.
In addition to that, WhatsApp has added a new way to make group calls from the Calls tab. This addition allows you to tap the new Call icon atop the right corner of the screen, select the contacts you want to call and choose the video or voice icon to make a call.
As expected, quality of call depends on how strong and efficient your local network is.
Still on WhatsApp group, the Indian government is breathing down the neck of the messaging app to force its hands to introduce a feature that will prohibit a user’s number from being added to any group without his consent.
This came on the heels of several complaints received by some government agencies from people that they were being added to groups repeatedly without their consent. A senior government official told the Financial Express that representation from several government agencies have been received, which formed the ministry’s decision to take up the matter with WhatsApp.
“Following these complaints, MeitY wrote to WhatsApp. The social media app responded by saying that as per their policy, group admin must have the subject’s number stored in the phonebook and if the subject exits the group twice, then he/she cannot be added a third time,” the official said per the Financial Express.
Responding to WhatsApp’s letter, the official according to the Financial Express, said in several cases after a user had exited a group more than twice, he or she was still added through a different admin. In some cases, a new group was formed with a different mobile number and these users were added to the new group.
Maybe it is about time WhatsApp introduced a feature that will allow group admins to add a user to a group without his consent. It is highly frustrating, and should be condemned in its entirety. The problem is not peculiar to India alone as millions of users in other countries feel irritated by a lack of such features.