November 26, 2015 3:41:21 pm
Telegram has added new features which includes the addition of a Supergroup option. The secure messaging app had earlier hit the headlines over reports that it was being used by ISIS to spread their propaganda.
Telegram’s Supergroups will allow users to add up 1000 members. Telegram currently allows for 200 members to be part of a group, but should this get full, users can upgrade for the Supergroup option. The 1000 group-member limit might just make Telegram attractive for a lot of a workplaces.
Telegram says that it has optimised Supergroups to host large communities and load messages quickly. In Supergroups, new members can see the entire message history when they join, and a deleted message will disappear for all members. If you’re an ordinary member of a Supergroup, then you can only delete your own message.
Also Telegram has muted these Supergroups by default and will send fewer joined/left notifications to ensure that your phone is not constantly buzzing because of messages.
Telegram has also included the option of a group admin, who will decide how the groups operate but other members won’t lose control either. A group admin can add more additional admins. This is similar to WhatsApp’s group admins feature.
However groups will also have a restricted mode, where only the administrators will be able to add new people and change the name and photo of the group. Admins also have the power to remove other members from the group.
For iOS users, Telegram is adding a new in-app notifications, which will give a preview of the message or media file that is sent. Users can also send a quick reply to another message without leaving a different conversation.
Telegram claims to have 60 million monthly active users. The app recently blocked the 78-Pro ISIS channels and said that it will take action against terrorist or illegal channels, should users report them.
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