WhatsApp is working on the Community feature amid privacy concerns, the report suggests

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The Community feature is seen as WhatsApp’s attempt to bridge the gap with rival messaging apps like Signal and Telegram. (File / Reuters)

There is mounting evidence that Whatsapp is working on a Community feature for groups, according to new ones WABetaInfo results. The feature film was first noticed in October by XDA developers.

WABetaInfo reported that the Community feature appeared to offer admins more power over groups, including the ability to create smaller groups within groups, similar to how channels work under an umbrella community on Discord.

The WABetaInfo The report suggests that group admins may be able to invite new users using a community invite link and send messages to other members. While there is still no clarity on what chats might look like, WABetaInfo he said it appeared to have end-to-end encryption.

WhatsApp also appears to have incorporated a subtle design to help distinguish community chats from regular group chats. The community icons will be square with rounded edges, a meta proprietary platform feature that was mistakenly enabled, before quickly disabling it in October. It is not even known when WhatsApp will officially launch the Community feature.

The Community feature is seen as WhatsApp’s attempt to bridge the gap with rival messaging apps like Signal and Telegram.

WhatsApp’s new privacy policy caused a stir among users earlier this year. There were question marks about the data the messaging app would share with parent company Facebook, now renamed Meta. This has sparked a mass exodus of users like Signal and Telegram. Telegram got a staggering 70 million users last month when Meta’s suite of apps was discontinued.

Facebook, which in turn has struggled with privacy-related criticisms for the past three years, recently announced that it will no longer use its patented facial recognition software to identify faces from photos and videos. Facial recognition technology had led to concerns about ethics, with activists raising questions about racial bias, accuracy and privacy.

A U.S. government study in 2019 suggested that facial recognition algorithms were less accurate in identifying Asian and African American faces.

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