FP ExplainerApril 15, 2022 11:19:37 IST
The meta-owned messaging platform WhatsApp is making some changes and one of the most talked about is “Community”, a new feature that will help groups manage better.
How will WhatsApp communities change things for users?
According to a WhatsApp spokesperson, the communities will be a “group directory”; The feature allows anyone to “run a community of their own with different groups but there are some common connections”. The changes were initiated on the basis of feedback that people were lost due to multiple groups, The Indian Express reports.
“WhatsApp will enable communities to bring individual groups together under one umbrella, with a framework that works for the people.” That way, people can receive updates from the entire community and easily organize small discussion groups about what’s important to them, “WhatsApp wrote in a blog post.
Rules for the community
Anyone can create a community and more than one group can be invited to join These groups will become part of the community once their administrators accept the invitation
Users can get updates sent to the entire community. The feature includes new tools for administrators, including control messages that are sent to everyone and controls which groups can be included.
But only those in a certain group get access to that group. They will not be able to see the messages or contact details of other users in the community.
“We’ve created WhatsApp communities to make it easier to organize all your group chats and find information. You’ll be able to combine different groups into one community – for example, in addition to individual groups for different classes, you may have a holistic community for parents in a school where there is a central space for administrators for announcements and tools, “said Meter CEO Mark, who owns WhatsApp. Zuckerberg announced.
Who can use communities?
According to The Indian Express, this company may have a community for a specific company with multiple groups of different user sets.
The feature will also be helpful for a school community where important announcements for parents are shared and discussed. Communities will make it easier for all parents in a school to share reading updates for a school principal and bring groups together about specific classes, extracurricular activities or the need for volunteers, Meta said in a statement.
A nearby community can also benefit from this feature to talk about what’s happening on your street or in your building.
Communities are inherently private, which is why we will continue to protect messages with end-to-end encryption. This security technology was not really necessary to protect people’s privacy and security, Meta announced.
Emoji response, large group calls
In addition to communities, some more features will be introduced in WhatsApp soon. Emoji responses like Facebook and Instagram are part of the new rollout.
Group Administrators will be able to delete incorrect messages from everyone’s chat.
WhatsApp plans to launch “Greater Voice Call” – a group call that can accommodate up to 32 people. Also, the file size limit has now been increased to 2 GB. Currently, WhatsApp only allows sharing 100MB files at a time.
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