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Listening to requests from users around the world, WhatsApp will soon be rolling out Communities, an innovation to better manage groups and have more meaningful conversations.

Communities would be like a “directory of groups”, a WhatsApp spokesperson said, adding that the feature will allow anyone to “manage their own community with various groups while having common links”. The spokesperson added that it was “based on comments that people are getting lost due to the multiple groups.”

Anyone can create a community and invite multiple groups to join. But the groups will only be part of the community if their respective administrators accept the invitation. For example, you might have a community for a certain company with several groups of different user sets within that company.

However, only members of a particular group will be able to see messages from that group and will not have any visibility into the messages or phone numbers of users from other groups within their community. The community does, however, have a broadcast option to send messages to everyone through groups, but visible only to those who have allowed those messages.

Meta highlighted how ordinary people were using WhatsApp during the second wave in India to get their oxygen and medicine supplies, adding that a feature like this would have been very useful in a scenario like this. WhatsApp has 400 million users in India.

Some other features are advanced as part of this new rollout. For example, users will be able to react to posts as they do on Facebook and Instagram. Additionally, they will be able to make an audio call with all members of a group as long as that number is less than 32. Additionally, the file size limit is now 2 GB. Additionally, group admins will be able to Delete all problematic messages from everyone’s chats.

Communities give admins more power, the spokesperson said, adding, “The community admin has full control over which group gets in which group stays out. They can also delete problematic posts in a group. Community admins will also be able to unlink groups if they see them engaging in conversations they don’t want or that are inappropriate or abusive.

Many security features are also integrated. To prevent spam, users will now only be able to share within the group. Additionally, users will not be able to search for communities, but they will be able to ask admins to add them.
Communities are expected to roll out later in the year.