Are you in a WhatsApp community? The Meta-owned messaging app has announced the launch of two new features that will improve the privacy of group chats in communities and make it easier to find groups that users have in common. Both features will be available in users’ apps in the coming weeks.
The Communities function, launched in August last year, allows the creation of “mega-groups” that in turn contain WhatsApp groups, including, in addition, a group for announcements only. With a limit of 50 groups in total and 5,000 people in the announcement group, the function is aimed at companies and educational centers, so that various work groups, teams or classes can be coordinated.
The first feature announced gives WhatsApp group administrators the ability to decide who can join their group via an invitation link or from a community. This change would thus give more control over the people who can join groups and improve the privacy of its members.
The second feature announced by WhatsApp will allow users of communities to search for a contact’s name to see if they match in any group they belong to. A very useful feature for work teams that have groups for various skills, as well as to easily know if employees are included in the right groups.
WhatsApp is constantly adding new features to its app. Earlier this month, the company announced two features highly requested by users: a horizontal interface for tablets and the ability to mute calls from strangers. WhatsApp also launched a picture in picture feature on iOS, allowing users to open other apps while on a video call.
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