Meta is bringing two new features to WhatsApp as part of its Community tab: one that provides better privacy to community group chats, and another that makes it easier to find groups that users have in common.
Community group chat is a relatively new element in WhatsApp that was launched last year. Its purpose is to house multiple sub-groups of larger groups like organizations and schools, and it can hold up to 5,000 users, support video calls for up to 32 participants, and enable group-wide admin announcements.
The new privacy tool for community group chats gives admins more direct control over group privacy by enabling them to decide who gets to join their group via an invite link or community, since anyone with access to a URL can join a group.
The other is a search tool that allows users to search for a contact’s name and view a list of the groups they’re both a member of. This can be particularly helpful if a user can’t remember the name of the group they want to find, and for members of business or educational-focused communities to check if they have joined the correct groups by viewing the lists of other participants.