WhatsApp on Thursday announces Communities as a new feature. This will let users have multiple groups together under one roof. The announcement comes months after the feature was spotted in testing on the Web. In addition to the Communities feature, WhatsApp introduces a list of updates. It includes increased file sharing limit, reactions, and the ability to enable group audio calls for up to 32 people simultaneously.
Communities will allow users to “receive updates sent to the entire Community. They can easily organize smaller discussion groups on what matters to them,” the company noted in an official blog post. The feature will also bring new tools for admins, including announcement messages that are sent to everyone and control over which groups will be included.
WhatsApp new Communities Feature
WhatsApp has explained that Communities will enable people to bring together separate groups under one umbrella with a structure that works for them. That way people can receive updates sent to the entire Community and easily organize smaller discussion groups on what matters to them.
Communities will also contain new tools for admins. It will include announcement messages that will send to everyone and control over which groups can be include.
There will be Community admins who will have access to tools for them to manage conversations among their private groups.
Users will also be able to report abuse, block accounts, and leave Communities they no longer want to be a part of.
Messages in Communities will also get end-to-end encryption. Furthermore, to protect user privacy WhatsApp will be hiding phone numbers from the community at large.
How will WhatsApp Communities work?
Every Community on WhatsApp will have a description and menu of groups that people can choose to join. WhatsApp claims this provides a structure and organization to conversations among larger and more complex groups that allow people to focus on what matters to them.
It will make it easy for schools, local clubs, and non-profit organizations to bring everyone under one roof. So there’s no communication gap.
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