With the ability to video call with 32 persons at once, WhatsApp is going to roll out a new ‘communities’ feature worldwide. Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the release of a ‘communities’ feature earlier this year. This new feature aims to consolidate related group chats under a single umbrella. Similar functionality is also being developed for Facebook and Instagram.
Communities that will be rolled out to all WhatsApp users in the coming months. You can set up small group chats within the community and can switch between them. The Admin will be provided with “Powerful new Tools” to manage the communities. They can broadcast announcements to all members at once and will be able to choose which groups to include.
The tool will be useful for workplaces, neighbourhoods, and parents who have their kids in the same school. They can bring similar groups under one tab.
You will be able to build a community from the start and can add existing groups. To get started, click the Communities option at the top of the Android app or the bottom of the iOS app.
This feature might sound like Facebook’s groups which show similarities with Discord and Nextdoor. Albeit the WhatsApp Communities will come with end-to-end encryption. The negative side of this tool is that WhatsApp might lose its essence and feel more like facebook. WhatsApp already has a few moderation tools because of end-to-end encryption. The new Communities tool might become a haunt of spammers and misinformation spreaders.
Besides the Communities, the ability to video call with 32 people at once is coming to the groups. This feature has been under testing for the last several weeks. Also, the groups will support up to 1024 users instead of 256.