The new WhatsApp features and how they work

On November 3 Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, announced new features on WhatsApp. The features are meant to improve the quality of group interactions within the platform.

Image: Pixabay/AP

“Today we’re launching Communities on WhatsApp. It makes groups better by enabling sub-groups, multiple threads, announcement channels, and more. We’re also rolling out polls and 32-person video calling too. All secured by end-to-end encryption, so your messages stay private,” Zuckerberg said.


Admins will have the tools to organize conversations under one umbrella. Not only does this feature enable the creation of subgroups, but it also helps organize chats in the group according to the things the users love and are involved in.

The icon is placed along the chats, status and calls tab.

32 person calls

Additionally, users can now make calls with up to 31 people simultaneously. Instead of the 8-person limit that has been there. This feature works for both voice calls and video calls.

In-chat polls

This creates an opportunity for people to interact more. In this case, group members can make and participate in polls.

“With Communities, we’re aiming to raise the bar for how organizations communicate with a level of privacy and security not found anywhere else. The alternatives available today require trusting apps or software companies with a copy of their messages – and we think they deserve the higher level of security provided by end-to-end encryption,” WhatsApp said in a statement.


More Articles for You

Prospects of PS Education Kipsang’ to serve jail term over Ksh. 83 Million Contract

Belio Kipsang’, the Education Principal Secretary, is likely to serve a jail term over a Ksh. 83 million contract awarded …

Hag says Christiano Ronaldo should not play for Man U.

Erik ten Hag has told Manchester United bosses that Cristiano Ronaldo should not play for the club again, sources have …

Christiano Ronaldo leaves Man U, with immediate effect

Christiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United with immediate effect after reaching a mutual agreement with the team. Following an explosive …

Elon Musk’s Starlink to launch in Kenya in 2023

The telecommunications industry in Kenya has been largely monopolized for quite a long time. From the very beginning with its …


Intelligence can be explained as the ability to do something difficult in the simplest way. I personally believe that’s why …

Opening Ceremony of the World Cup in 11 images

The World Cup 2022 is already here. Fans all over the world have been so eager, so let the games …