In a recent development, WhatsApp will be launching “Communities” in order to bring people together more privately among family and friends. Moreover, the new feature will be rolled out essentially to manage groups better. Due to multiple groups on WhatsApp, it was becoming difficult for users to manage. Therefore, with the launch of Communities, users on the platform would be in a better position to manage group under one umbrella.
Meta-owned WhatsApp in a blog post stated:
“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”
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Features of WhatsApp Communities
Communities will play a great role besides providing a brand new messaging experience to the users. Some of the fundamental features are going to be:
- More private connection with family and friends
- Users can participate in larger discussion groups
- Added support of file-sharing
- 32-person group calling
- Improvised emoji experience
- Admin tools
- Moderation controls
- End-to-end encryption support
A user would be able to create and join multiple groups under the to-be-launched Communities. Through this new feature, an update rolled out in the Communities will be sent to every user. Moreover, there will be new admin and moderation tools which will empower moderators to have control over the groups. Resultantly, they can delete a specific message which will then be removed from everyone’s device. File sharing feature is also upgraded with as big as 2MB file can be shared.
WhatsApp will also limit the forward messaging ability from five to just one group. The notion behind this reduction is to control the spread of false information which surfaces time and again. Furthermore, the option of discovering new communities on the app will not be available. Additionally, any community which will involve itself in hate speech, illegal activity or any unlawful practice will be slapped with a ban.
This new feature is expected to launch this week to a selected group of users. However, Communities will be available for everyone to use soon enough.