This is an old blog post. In case you missed it, groups can already have up to 200,000 members each.
With Telegram 4.1, we’re increasing the maximum size of supergroups to 10,000 members each. That’s a lot of people packed into one group, and now users and admins can use search to find specific users among them:
Admins can also search for members in their channels.
With groups as big as 10,000 people – the size of a decent small town – you may be looking for some more powerful management tools. And that’s exactly what Telegram 4.1 gives you.
You can now add admins with specific sets of privileges to help you run your community. Choose who among your trusted admins will be able to add new users, manage messages, block members, edit group info, or even add new admins.
Admins who don’t want to completely ban members from their supergroups can now partially restrict their rights in order to stop behavior that’s causing problems. You can put nasty users into read-only mode or maybe stop them from sending stickers or media for a certain period of time. Now you can do all of this with absolute precision:
Even robots can get in on the fun. With Bot API version 3.1, you can use admin bots to automatically impose temporary or permanent bans based on member actions. Check out the docs here to start building your robotic police force today.
When multiple admins are working with one group, it’s easy to get confused about which admin did what and when (or which admin bot has gone Skynet on your members). That’s why we’ve added a “Recent Actions” section to the admins page. This section stores a log of all service actions taken in the group in the last 48 hours and is visible to admins only.
Recent actions in supergroups also show messages that were deleted in the last 48 hours and the original versions of edited messages for the same period, so nasty behavior like self-deleted spam will no longer help anyone escape the admins’ wrath.
In other news, Telegram 4.1 for iOS brings you an improved sharing extension. When sharing stuff from other apps to Telegram you can add an optional comment and select multiple recipients easily. 3D Touch on the app icon to see some new actions, including taking a photo/video and sending it to multiple recipients.
On Android, Telegram 4.1. gets you Android Pay support for Bot Payments and improved media selection – photos and videos are now shown together when sharing from the attachment menu or gallery.
This update also features anti-censorship tools such as the ability to set up a Proxy server in the “Data and Storage” section of the Settings.
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