WhatsApp has finally announced Communities, a feature that has already been seen in the testing phase. This new feature is like Group of Groups. The reach of communities can be much higher than that of normal WhatsApp groups. The meta-owned company claims this new feature is for groups that typically have a connection where people know each other and are organized around a common place or interest.
How communities are different from WhatsApp groups
WhatsApp has explained that the community will enable people to bring different groups together under one umbrella with a structure that works for them. This way people can get updates sent to the entire community and easily organize discussion groups that matter to them.
How will the WhatsApp community work?
Each community on WhatsApp will have a description and menu of groups that people can choose to join. WhatsApp claims that it provides a structure and organization for interactions between larger and more complex groups that allows people to focus on what is important to them.
For example, the community will make it easier for the school principal to bring all parents in the school together to share updates and set up groups about specific classes, extra-curricular activities, or volunteer needs.
Security measures in WhatsApp communities
Communities will also include new tools for admins, including announcement messages sent to everyone and controlling which groups can be included.
There will be community admins who will have access to tools to manage conversations between their private groups.
Users will also be able to report abuse, block accounts, and leave communities they no longer wish to be a part of.
Messages in Communities will also get end-to-end encryption. In addition, WhatsApp will hide phone numbers from the community at large to protect user privacy.
Unlike Telegram channels, WhatsApp will limit the expansion of a group and it can be either the number of groups or the total number of users in a community. WhatsApp claims that it will introduce sensible limits on size, searchability and forwarding.
WhatsApp will use all available unencrypted information, including community names, descriptions and user reports, to take action against abuse in the community.
WhatsApp also announced some new features for existing WhatsApp Groups. These features will be rolled out to users in the coming weeks and will be available to all users. Features include:
-reactions – Emoji reactions are coming to WhatsApp so people can quickly share their opinions without flooding chats with new messages.
-delete admin – Group admins will be able to remove incorrect or problematic messages from everyone’s chats.
-file sharing – We’re expanding file sharing to support files up to 2 gigabytes so people can easily collaborate on a project
-big voice call – We will introduce one-tap voice calling for up to 32 people with a new design
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