WhatsApp Community feature to be launched in next update; This is what it can do for you

WhatsApp Community feature will allow users to add groups within a group.

| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 23:03 IST
WhatsApp community feature to be introduced in its next update.
WhatsApp community feature to be introduced in its next update. (Reuters)
WhatsApp community feature to be introduced in its next update.
WhatsApp community feature to be introduced in its next update. (Reuters)

Instant messaging app WhatsApp is said to be working on a new Communities feature that will allow users to create groups within a group. As reported by WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo, the Communities feature will be rolled out in the upcoming update. The new feature will reportedly allow admins to invite new users via a Community Invite Link and then start messaging other members.

The WABetaInfo has also shared the screenshot, where a Community's name can be seen with a description, similar to a common group chat. Users will have to select a community's name and the community description, after which they will be allowed to choose to link up to 10 groups in the community.

It seems like WhatsApp will automatically create a new group where messages will be posted. Also, the new group will be automatically forwarded to linked groups.

According to the portal, when users join a community, they won't be able to view groups that have been unlinked from a group admin. Moreover, users won't be able to view linked groups to the community after leaving the group.

The chats seem to be end-to-end encrypted in the screenshot. It appears that a subtle design change will allow users to distinguish Communities from regular group chats. The Community chat icons might appear as squares with rounded corners.

As of now, the company has not confirmed anything. They have also not announced any fixed date to launch the Communities feature on WhatsApp. With this feature, the instant messaging app will compete with other messaging apps like Telegram, which offer a host of features and support groups with over 200,000 members.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp recently launched three new features to its web version that will allow users to edit photos and preview links. WhatsApp Web has also got a new sticker suggestion feature where users will get access to sticker suggestions when they open a chat to type a message.

Earlier, users had to go through multiple tabs to find the right sticker during a conversation. However, the new update has solved this problem.

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First Published Date: 29 Dec, 09:12 IST
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