WhatsApp reportedly working on a ‘Community’ feature

WhatsApp reportedly working on a 'Community' feature
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Gone are the days wherein people mostly communicated by e-mail, call, or text. A lot of people around the world have embraced instant messaging apps to get in touch with friends and family wherever they are. One of the most popular instant messaging platforms around is WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook.

Well, it looks like WhatsApp is making some interesting changes soon. According to The Verge, WhatsApp is working on a Communities feature. Ok, cool, but does this mean, exactly?

The Communities feature basically gives group admins more power over groups. This includes the ability to create groups within groups, which may be similar to how channels are arranged beneath an umbrella Discord community.

Plus, admins of these groups will be able to invite new users via a Community Invite Link and then start messaging other members. To avoid confusion, it is reported that WhatsApp will have a subtle design change that will help distinguish Communities from regular group chats.

Just take note that there’s no official word yet as to when the Community feature will be launched on the popular instant messaging platform. This move may be part of the platform’s efforts to close the widening gap between it and other messaging apps like Telegram and Signal.

Earlier this year, WhatsApp’s new privacy policy caused confusion among users about what it would share with parent company Facebook, sparking a mass exodus to those other apps. In fact, a lot of netizens around the world opened accounts on other apps when WhatsApp was down last October. 

Given that a lot of people are dependent on WhatsApp for communication, this Community feature will surely help streamline conversations. Until WhatsApp officially rolls out this cool new feature though, all we can do is wait.

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