WhatsApp Introduces ‘Online Presence’ and ‘Communities’ : – Details

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

Meta-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp on Thursday announced the rollout of “communities” features that allow users to easily manage multiple groups by bringing them under one umbrella.

The feature will be available to everyone on iOS and Android platforms in the coming months.

The platform also announced the “Online Presence” feature, which allows users to decide who can see their online status.

WhatsApp: Online Presence feature

The feature will allow users to chat with certain people without letting other contacts know about their online status.

Steps to change the privacy setting on WhatsApp

Step 1: Click on three vertical dots in the upper right corner
Step 2: Tap on Settings, then Account
Step 3: In Account, click on Privacy

WhatsApp: Communities feature

To get started, users can tap on the new communities tab at the top of their chats on Android and the bottom on iOS.

Users can start a new Community from scratch or add existing groups.

Once in a community, users can easily switch between available groups to get the information they need when they need it, and admins can send important updates to everyone in the Community.

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Lynnet Okumu

LA writes on various subjects, from family, relationships, and health to commodities in East Africa. She is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication from Masinde Muliro University. She is an advocate for women's and children's rights.

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