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WhatsApp communities will allow admins to message thousands of users at a time

Meta-owned messaging platform, WhatsApp, is rolling out a new feature — Communities — to let people bring separate groups under one umbrella, and enable admins to send updates to a community, and/or organise them into small discussion groups. The new tab will be accessible to a select number of groups later this year before being rolled out wide, according to a tweet by WhatsApp’s head Will Cathcart. Interestingly, WhatsApp will not support the ability to search for or discover new Communities. Taking cue from Telegram, WhatsApp is also not allowing the community at large to view a members phone number. New Features, New Tools Communities will include new tools, including: Announcement messages that admins - and only admins - can send to everyone, on an announcement group. WhatsApp will initially support community announcements for "several thousands of users". Control over which groups can be included Admin Delete - Group admins will be able to remove errant or problematic messages from everyone’s chats. File Sharing – We’re increasing file sharing to support files up to 2 gigabytes so people can easily collaborate on projects. Larger Voice Calls – We’ll introduce one-tap voice calling for up to 32 people with all new design for those times when talking live is better than chatting.   From a users perspective, they'll have the ability to: Decide who can add them to a community Report abuse, block accounts Leave Communities and groups silently leave a group, so everyone in a group is not notified in…

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