WhatsApp announced this Thursday (14) a new community tool. The novelty allows to aggregate different groups in a shared space, with the potential to send notices to thousands of people at the same time. WhatsApp communities will be tested globally, but should only arrive in Brazil after the 2022 elections, according to the company.
In February, the app closed an agreement with the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) to combat disinformation during the 2022 electoral process. CEO of WhatsappWill Carhcart, pledged not to implement any significant product changes in Brazil before the elections.
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Dario Durigan, WhatsApp’s public policy manager in Brazil, believes that the decision to postpone the feature’s debut in the country reinforces the app’s alliance with the TSE.
“It is a precautionary measure so that there is no noise in an election year, a complicated year”, explains Durigan.
Currently, a WhatsApp group can have up to 256 members — unlike Telegram, the app’s main competitor, which allows groups with thousands of users.
WhatsApp explains that the focus of the communities tool is to serve small groups with the same interest, such as schools, members of religious congregations, residents of the same condominium or even companies.
The app will also give more power to administrators, who will be able to send notices to all community participants and control which groups and users can be added.
‘Improvement package’ arrives in Brazil
In the coming weeks, Brazilian WhatsApp users should receive a series of improvements. The messaging application will allow its users to respond with emojis to messages from their contacts and send videos of up to 2 GB to their contacts, among other news.
These features will be rolled out gradually over the coming weeks. worldwide, including Brazil.
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The news are as follows:
reactions: like what happens on Facebook, you can react to a conversation, only with emojis (see image below).
New WhatsApp features arrive in the coming weeks — Photo: Disclosure
sharing: Another improvement is the increase in the size of files that can be shared through the application. Users will be able to send documents, photos, videos up to 2 GB to their contacts.
WhatsApp allows voice calls with up to 32 people – Photo: Disclosure
Group call up to 32 people: until then, the limit was 8 participants. The company had recently announced other novelties to facilitate the exchange of voice messages on WhatsApp, such as the option to listen to messages outside the conversation window and speed up the speed and audios.
Admin with can delete message in the group: They will be able to delete wrong or problematic messages from any member in the conversations.