The popular Meta-owned messaging app WhatsApp today announced the launch of a new “Communities” feature, which is designed to allow people to bring separate groups together under one umbrella. WhatsApp says this will give people a way to receive updates that are sent to an entire community, and then organize smaller discussion groups around important topics.

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So, for example, parents in a school can create an inclusive “school” community, which is divided into smaller groups based on grade and other factors. Community admins have access to “powerful new tools” such as advertising messages and control groups that can be created within the community.

We believe the communities will make it easier for the principal to bring all parents of the school together to share must-read updates and create groups about specific classes, extracurricular activities, or volunteer needs.

WhatsApp is also adding a number of improvements to groups, including emoji reactions to reply to messages, a delete admin feature that will allow problematic messages to be removed from everyone’s chats, file sharing with support for files up to 2GB, and one-click audio calling up to 32 people .

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