06 May 2022
WhatsApp has officially announced the release of a new feature called Communities. It is aimed at allowing users to have large group conversations in a more efficient manner. It further talked about a bunch of changes and new features that will become available on WhatsApp in the coming weeks.
Starting with WhatsApp Communities, it will act as a hub for similar-themed groups on the app. It is essentially a collection of all those groups that are related to a particular goal or theme like school groups, NGOs, and clubs. Communities will allow admins to send important messages to all participating groups in one go.
Here is how WhatsApp explains Communities:
"Communities on WhatsApp 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 powerful new tools for admins, including announcement messages that are sent to everyone and control over which groups can be included."
As for new WhatsApp features lined up for release, there are a total of four of them. The first one is Reactions where users will be able to react to messages using emojis. All group admins will now be able to delete problematic messages from everyone's chats in a group. The file-sharing size limit on the app will get a much-needed boost to 2GB. Lastly, the voice-calling functionality on the app will get support for up to 32 people.