WhatsApp launches its biggest update yet, concentrating mainly on the new ‘Communities’.
WhatsApp has announced its biggest update so far this year with the arrival of ‘Communities’, reactions and the sending of large files for all users.
“Our messaging services are based on one-to-one text messaging, and that will continue to be at the core of what we do,” Mark Zuckerberg said in a blog post.
“But we’ve also been working on building the next generation of private messaging. With a focus on privacy, safety, and security, we’ve added video chats, voice messages, status, commerce, payments, and more to WhatsApp and Messenger.
With today’s launch, we’re going even further and enabling people to not only connect with friends and close contacts, but also with all the different communities in their lives.”
Communities come to WhatsApp
After weeks of rumors and leaks , WhatsApp is officially launching ‘Communities’, a tool that will allow people to bring together separate groups “under one umbrella” with a structure that works for them, either by theme or by the members in them. .
Users will be able to receive updates sent to the entire Community and easily organize smaller discussion groups about what matters to them.
‘Communities’ will also include universal tools for administrators, including announcements that are sent to everyone and control over which groups can be included.
” Communities are inherently private, so we will continue to protect messages with end-to-end encryption. This privacy technology is more important than ever to protect people’s privacy and security. Closed groups—schools, members of a religious congregation and even companies – want and need to have secure and private conversations without WhatsApp monitoring their every word,” the company says.
To help protect user privacy, phone numbers will be hidden from the Community and only visible to admins and people within the same group.
Similarly, reactions to messages will arrive in this update , allowing us to place emojis of laughter, sadness, surprise and love without the need to reply verbatim.
Sending large files
Leaving aside its exclusivity with Argentina , WhatsApp will now allow the sending of files of up to 2 GB in weight by default, as is the case on platforms such as Telegram.
But that is not all. For group and ‘ Communities’ administrators (not exclusive), messages from other users can now be deleted if they consider that they may be wrong or problematic.
Finally, voice calls will allow you to add up to 32 people with a completely new design.
All these functions will be rolled out over the next few weeks for both Android and iOS, as well as the desktop version and web browser.