WhatsApp Begins Rolling Out Communities Globally

3 more new features were added to groups on the messaging app

Communities are coming to WhatsApp worldwide, after initially being introduced in April, and the feature joins several updates to groups on the Meta-owned messaging application.

The Communities option enables WhatsApp users to bring separate groups together under a single umbrella, where people can receive updates sent to the entire community and organize smaller discussion groups about the topics that matter most to them. People can easily switch between multiple groups.

Communities will also provide new tools for administrators, such as announcement messages sent to everyone and control over which groups can be included.

The feature can be accessed via the Communities tab at the top of chats on Android and the bottom on iOS, where users can start a new Community from scratch or add existing groups to a Community.


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WhatsApp said it worked with more than 50 organizations in 15 countries to build the feature, adding in a blog post Thursday, “With Communities, we’re aiming to raise the bar for how organizations communicate with a level of privacy and security not found anywhere else. The alternatives available today require trusting apps or software companies with a copy of their messages—and we think they deserve the higher level of security provided by end-to-end encryption.”

Three more features began rolling out to groups on WhatsApp Thursday.

Polls can be created in chats to help groups arrive at decisions without spamming the entire group with messages.

Video calls can now accommodate up to 32 people.

And groups can now include up to 1,024 WhatsApp users.


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Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement, “Today, we’re launching Communities on WhatsApp. It makes groups better by enabling sub-groups, multiple threads, announcement channels and more. We’re also rolling out polls and 32-person video calling, too. All secured by end-to-end encryption so that your messages stay private.”