Last week, WhatsApp announced several new features for Communities, including the ability to make audio calls with more participants. And it looks like the messenger has already started rolling out some of these new features for iOS users.
According to the gringo portal WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is officially launching voice calls with up to 32 participants. A screenshot taken by the portal reveals that the feature was introduced in the 8.22.80 Messenger for iOS, according to the update notes.
WhatsApp is officially launching group voice calls up to 32 participants! pic.twitter.com/brtpGIwRAq
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) April 21, 2022
But that was not the only novelty introduced. The notes also reveal the redesign of user bubbles in voice messages and on the contact and group info page, as well as a slight optimization of media hits in the gallery.
Three of the four new features announced by WhatsApp on the 14th were left out of this update:
- reactions – Emoji reactions are coming to WhatsApp so people can express opinions quickly without having to flood conversations with new messages.
- Messages deleted by admins – Group admins will be able to delete problematic or inappropriate messages for all participants.
- File sharing – We’re increasing the file sharing limit to up to 2GB so people can easily collaborate on projects.
It is important to note that although it is already available, version 22.8.80 of the messenger for iOS may not present the features immediately. The expectation, however, is that the news will be implemented to all Apple users in the coming weeks.
Will WhatsApp communities arrive in Brazil?
The only problem is that this Communities may have its launch postponed here. Afraid of being used to spread disinformation, the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) began to ask WhatsApp for a series of clarifications – at the request of the Attorney General’s Office in São Paulo – regarding the new feature.
The fear is that the feature could facilitate the viralization of content and seriously (and negatively) impact the measures adopted by the messenger in recent years to combat misinformation. Because of this, Communities can be postponed until the beginning of 2023 in Brazil.
wanted by The globe regarding the new postponement requests, WhatsApp said it would not comment on the document.