5 new features coming soon to WhatsApp: From Communities to emoji reactions
WhatsApp will soon roll out Communities and other features.
WhatsApp has announced five new features that will soon be introduced to its 2 billion users – with the biggest of these being the launch of ‘Communities’. The Meta-owned messaging service confirmed that it is testing a new feature called Communities, which will make it easier to manage WhatsApp groups. Communities is among the most-anticipated changes coming to WhatsApp, but there are four other features that will also be rolled out soon.
Communities will be coming to WhatsApp later this year as a new tab within the app, said WhatsApp head Will Cathcart. The feature will bring together groups, which are capped at 256 users, under bigger umbrellas where administrators could send alerts to a community of thousands.
Communities will make WhatsApp more useful for larger organisations that use the platform. “This is new functionality we’re building to support the many organizations that use WhatsApp to communicate in a private and secure way,” Cathcart said
In a blog post, WhatsApp said the pandemic has forced more and more people to rely on the messaging service to communicate. Communities will allow people to bring separate groups together.
Another highly-requested feature will also be rolled out on WhatsApp soon. People will be able to react to messages with emojis. This will allow users to acknowledge a message in group chats without flooding chats with new messages.