Report: WhatsApp Is Working on a New Communities Feature
According to information acquired from the app’s recent beta upgrades, WhatsApp is working on a feature called Communities that would enable users to combine several group conversations.
According to WABetaInfo, a Community is “currently like a group chat, thus nothing like a social network: it’s still a private location between individuals secured by end-to-end encryption.” It does, however, vary from ordinary group chats in various ways, such as the usage of rounded rectangles for the Community’s symbol rather of the traditional circular picture boundaries.
According to the article, each Community would be run by admin users who may invite other WhatsApp users directly or via publicly shareable links. According to the study, a Community will also “provide certain tools to administrators to better manage all groups involved in the community; however, since this feature is still in development, these additional features are currently unknown.”
This isn’t the first sign that WhatsApp is developing something dubbed Communities. When examining lines of text in a test version of the service’s Android app in October, XDA-Developers discovered references to the functionality.
However, WABetaInfo’s report provides further details about what this feature may look like, indicating that it’s moving closer to an official release.