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Facebook launches ‘joinable links’ and ‘admin approval’ tool for Messenger group chats

Despite growing controversy around the Cambridge Analytica data privacy allegations, Facebook is pushing those concerns to one side today with the launch of two new features for its Messenger app.

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. So if any non-admin decides to invite someone into the group, the group admin will have the final say.

“This is especially helpful in large group chats with people you may not yet be connected to, like when you’re planning a friend’s surprise birthday party with different groups of friends,” noted Messenger product manager Drew Moxon, in a blog post. “Admins also have the ability to remove members if needed, and promote or demote any other person in the group chat as an admin.”

Above: Group admin: Approval needed