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WhatsApp announces Communities, extends file size and more. Details

WhatsApp announces Communities, extends file size and more. Details

  • WhatsApp has announced several changes within the app that includes introduction of Communities and file sharing upto 2GB
  • There are other features such as reactions and group call with 32 people that will make its way into the instant messaging app
  • WhatsApp will also empower Group Admin/s to delete unwanted messages from the group chat for everyone
  • “Communities on WhatsApp will enable people to bring together separate groups under one umbrella with a structure that works for them
  • That way people can receive updates sent to the entire Community and easily organize smaller discussion groups on what matters to them, wrote WhatsApp in a blog post
  • With reactions feature people can instantly react to messages with emoji by long pressing the chat
  • The 2GB file sharing will help people to use WhatsApp more effectively saving time and efforts of switching to multiple apps for the resizing
  • Currently, WhatsApp only allows 100MB file sharing in one go
  • With the large voice calls feature 32 people can join together at a time with a new design interface
  • Communities will contain new tools for admins, including announcement messages that are sent to everyone and control over which groups can be included, it said
  • WhatsApp said, Organizations like schools, local clubs, and non-profit organizations now rely on WhatsApp to communicate securely and get things done - especially since the pandemic forced us all to find creative ways to work together while apart
  • “We think Communities will make it easier for a school principal to bring all the parents of the school together to share must-read updates and set up groups about specific classes, extracurricular activities, or volunteer needs
  • These features are rolling out in the coming weeks so people can start trying them out even before Communities are ready
  • Communities messages will be protected with end-to-end encryption
  • It’s early days for Communities on WhatsApp and building the new features to support them will be a major focus of ours for the year to come, said WhatsApp
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technology 2022-04-15 Livemint