Mumbai, Jan 15: Facebook-owned popular messaging app WhatsApp has started rolling out a new feature that allows an admin to ‘dismiss’ co-admin in a group chat. The ‘Dismiss as Admin’ feature lets one administrator remove other administrators from the post, without first deleting them from the group and then adding again as normal group members.

WhatsApp’s ‘Dismiss as Admin’ feature is presently available in the beta version of WhatsApp for Android and is in the process of development on iOS. However, the global rollout of this new feature remains presently uncertain. According to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, the new option allows an administrator to dismiss another one without removing him or her from the group.

“At present, WhatsApp is developing this feature for iOS and it will be available soon for all users. It is already enabled by default in the newest WhatsApp Google Play beta for Android 2.18.12,” the report added. Right now, when an administrator wants to remove a fellow administrator from the post, it is required to first directly remove the concerned administrator from the group and then add him or her again.

Besides, WhatsApp may give group administrators more powers where they would be able to restrict all other members from sending text messages, photographs, videos, GIFs, documents or voice messages. The app has submitted the “Restricted Groups” setting via Google Play Beta Programme in the version 2.17.430. Once restricted, other members will simply have to read their messages and will not be able to respond or post anything in the group.

WhatsApp is used by more than 1.2 billion people around the world. The messaging app is a key tool for communications and commerce in many countries.