Mark Zuckerberg announced new ‘WhatsApp Communities’ feature in April this year. You can now join groups and create sub-groups within those groups. He said that the Facebook Messenger app has undergone a ‘major evolution of WhatsApp’, and that it’s entering the testing phase. Community was a major addition to the messaging, and they planned to roll it out over a long period. That’s changing. Many WhatsApp beta users have been able to gain access to the feature.
Select WhatsApp beta for Android users are gaining access to the Community feature
WABetaInfo the Communities tab is showing up for certain users who have updated to the WhatsApp beta v188.8.131.52. You might need to force close the app and relaunch it to enable Communities for your account. When you are a member of the group, you should see the Communities tab instead of the Camera tab on your WhatsApp screen. The best way to create a community is to go to the tab and select the “Create Community” button. You can add up to 10 groups and each group can have up to 512 participants.
A community member can decide which sub-group to join based on their interests. They can leave the sub-group whenever they want, without leaving the community. For privacy reasons, the messaging service is working on hiding the numbers of sub-group members from other participants. The current Communities version does not have this feature active. When you create a community, a new announcement group will be created on the messaging service. It is possible for admins to make announcements and send messages to all community and sub-group members from this group. If admins decide to do so, the community will be disabled altogether.
The feature has been under development for a long time, since it was first spotted in November of 2021. We should see a public release before the end of the year due to the fact that the company is rolling it out to a select group of users.