WhatsApp creates a Slack-like tool called Communities to link group chats

WhatsApp said it has created a feature called Communities that will allow users to bring together separate groups under one organization.

WhatsApp said it has created a feature called Communities that will allow users to bring together separate groups under one organization.

With the new feature, community admins will be able to send messages to all groups or control which groups are alerted. The messaging platform company will begin testing communities in various countries throughout the year, with the aim of attracting multi-chapter clubs, for example, or multi-team businesses.

“We believe communities will make it easier for a principal to bring together all the parents in the school to share must-see updates and create groups about specific classes, extracurricular activities, or volunteer needs,” said Meta Platforms Inc. company said in a blog post.

It’s one of many new features that will help WhatsApp, which has more than 2 billion users, move beyond casual socializing and into territory currently dominated by work tools, such as Slack. WhatsApp said it also plans to start allowing group members to react to specific messages and share large files.

Harry D. Gonzalez