Meta introduced its plans for a new feature it is adding to WhatsApp called Communities that will enable people to bring together separate groups under one umbrella with a structure that works for them.
Those using the Communities feature will be able to receive updates posted to the entire Community and organize smaller discussion groups on topics that are important to them.
The new feature, for example, will allow a school principal to bring all of the school’s parents together to share must-read updates and form groups about specific classes, extracurricular activities or volunteer needs.
Communities will also contain new tools for admins, including public announcement messages and control over which groups can be included. Group admins will also be able to remove errant or problematic messages from everyone’s chats.
Meta announced that it is also making a number of improvements to how groups work on WhatsApp, whether or not they are part of a Community, to help users share in new ways and reduce overload in larger chats.
One of them is emoji reactions, which will allow users to quickly share their opinion without flooding chats with new messages. The company is also increasing file sharing to support files up to 2 gigabytes. Another upcoming feature is one-tap voice calling for up to 32 people with new design.
These features, as well as the admin delete option, are rolling out in the coming weeks, Meta says.