WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging platforms, is adding a new feature called Communities to organize groups in larger structures that could be used by workplaces and schools.

WhatsApp head Will Cathcart said that the feature would bring together groups, which are capped at 256 users, under bigger umbrellas where administrators could send alerts to a community of thousands.

With the pandemic changing how workplaces function, WhatsApp is now being used by organizations, schools, local clubs to communicate among members and get things done.

What are ‘Communities’ on WhatsApp? The Communities feature will help people in bringing together separate groups under one umbrella with a structure suitable for them. The users can get updates sent to the entire community and organize small discussion groups on the issues of importance. There are new tools for community admins, including announcement messages that are sent to everyone and control over which groups are to be included.

The Communities feature will help people in bringing together separate groups under one umbrella with a structure suitable for them.

The Communities feature will help people in bringing together separate groups under one umbrella with a structure suitable for them.

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Who will benefit? Organizations like offices, schools, government and private enterprises which are now majorly depending on WhatsApp for communications within members through groups. Let’s say a school principal can 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.

Are Communities safe? WhatsApp says the communities are private and the messages will continue to be protected with end-to-end encryption.

The users will get more control over their charts including easy ways to report abuse, block accounts, and leave communities they no longer want to be a part of.

The developers said they will protect user privacy by hiding phone numbers from the Community at large.

The Communities feature will help people in bringing together separate groups under one umbrella with a structure suitable for them.

The Communities feature will help people in bringing together separate groups under one umbrella with a structure suitable for them..

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