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WhatsApp seems to be preparing to meet users with a new feature. The company will give group administrators more control over groups with the feature called “Community”. This includes the ability to create groups within groups, similar to how channels are organized under a Discord community.

Admins will be able to invite new users via the Community Invite Link and then start messaging other members. It’s hard to say exactly what these chatbots look like at the moment, but WABetaInfo states that they look end-to-end encrypted.

Also, it looks like a subtle design change will help differentiate Communities from the regular group chatdollarseries. Community icons will come with profile photos with rounded corners, which WhatsApp accidentally enabled in October and then quickly disabled. There is no information on when Communities will be officially available.

By working on the Communities feature, WhatsApp may be trying to bridge the growing gap with other rival messaging apps like Telegram and Signal. Earlier this year, WhatsApp’s new privacy policy was announced, causing confusion among users about what to share with Facebook (Meta). This led to mass migration to other apps. Telegram gained 70 million new users when WhatsApp collapsed, along with Facebook’s entire app network, last month.


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