Communities, a feature similar to Facebook groups, has now been introduced for WhatsApp users.
This feature has been in the works since April 2022 with the main purpose of bumping Telegram groups and is now being rolled out to users worldwide.
Communities will have various features of WhatsApp groups like chat, file sharing support, group video calls and emoji reactions, while other features including admin tools will also be provided.
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One of the highlights of this new feature is that only admins will be able to share announcements with members in the main announcement group and a community will have thousands of members.
These members will be able to create small subgroups which will be approved by the admins.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that communities will be able to have subgroups of groups, multiple threads, announcement channels and more, all protected by end-to-end encryption.
Unlike Facebook groups, WhatsApp communities will not be public or discoverable on this platform, but users will be invited to join.
Along with this, the feature of video calls with 32 people is also being introduced for the users on behalf of WhatsApp.
According to the company, these two features have started rolling out worldwide and will be available to all users in the coming weeks or months.