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WhatsApp Building ‘Communities’ to Organise Groups

Meta-owned messaging platform WhatsApp is building a feature to organise separate groups in larger structures dubbed Communities.

Meta-owned messaging platform WhatsApp is building a feature to organise separate groups in larger structures dubbed Communities.

According to Meta, users will be able to receive updates sent to the entire Community and easily organise smaller discussion groups on what matters to them.  

“At the center of every Community on WhatsApp is a description and menu of groups that people can choose to join. This provides a structure and organization to conversations among larger and more complex groups that allow people to focus on what matters to them,” the company said.

“That way people can receive updates sent to the entire Community and easily organise smaller discussion groups on what matters to them.” 

Communities will be private and messages will be protected with end-to-end encryption. 

“Close-knit groups — schools, members of a religious congregation, even businesses — very much want and need to be able to have secure and private conversations without WhatsApp monitoring their every word,” it added.

What is coming?

  • Reactions – Emoji reactions are coming to WhatsApp so people can quickly share their opinion without flooding chats with new messages.
  • Admin Delete – Group admins will be able to remove errant or problematic messages from everyone’s chats.
  • File Sharing – We’re increasing file sharing to support files up to 2 gigabytes so people can easily collaborate on projects.
  • Larger Voice Calls – We’ll introduce one-tap voice calling for up to 32 people with all new design for those times when talking live is better than chatting.

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