WhatsApp starts global roll out of Communities feature for its users

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg today announced the launch of the global rollout of ‘Communities on WhatsApp’.

“Today we’re launching Communities on WhatsApp. It makes groups better by enabling sub-groups, multiple threads, announcement channels, and more. We’re also rolling out polls and 32-person video calling too. All secured by end-to-end encryption so your messages stay private,” said the Meta CEO in a Facebook post.

WhatsApp has been building Communities, a major update where people will be able to connect on the platform in groups that are important to the users.

Communities like neighborhoods, parents at a school, and workplaces can now connect with multiple groups together under one umbrella to organize group chats on the instant messaging platform.

To get started, users can tap on the new communities tab at the top of their chats on Android and at the bottom on iOS.

They will be able to start a new Community from scratch or add existing groups.

Once in a community, users can easily switch between available groups to get the information they need, when they need it, and admins can send important updates to everyone in the Community.

The other features like in-chat polls, video calling feature supporting 32 people, and groups with up to 1,024 users can be used in any group but will be particularly helpful for Communities.

The company has been working with over 50 organizations in 15 countries to build Communities to meet their needs and is excited that the feedback so far is that these new tools are helping groups like these better organize and achieve their goals.

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