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WhatsApp’s new community feature could make managing the app easier (Credit: Getty Images)

Do you participate in dozens of different WhatsApp chats with basically the same people or do you mute group chats with your friends because there are too many messages about topics that do not interest you?

Well, a new WhatsApp feature has been rolled out for some users that might solve these issues.

This feature allows users to organize multiple group chats into a larger “community.”

Announced in April, this long-awaited feature is expected to be similar to the “servers” found in Discord and Slack “workspaces.”

These large group forums host subgroups that users can tailor to more specific topics and members.

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WhatsApp’s new feature groups multiple chats into ‘Communities’ (Credit: WhatsApp)

In practice, a large work “community” may host several smaller groups dedicated to different projects and teams. Similarly, a group of friends can house smaller groups dedicated to specific events or interests within a larger “community” group.

As with traditional groups, community managers can control who participates in a particular subchat.

This is a relatively simple change, just adding a layer of grouping on top of the standard groups, but the feature will put many users at ease who feel overwhelmed by the number of groups they belong to.

It also means that users are not always bombarded with messages about topics that are not relevant to them.

If Discord and Slack are okay, community users can theoretically leave or mute subgroups they aren’t interested in without missing out on the opportunity to chat about the topics they care about.

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According to TechCrunch, the feature is available to a small number of users in various countries. But WhatsApp has yet to confirm how many or where it can expect its broader user base to have access to the feature, or exactly when.

“Community” is one of the biggest enhancements to Groups that the company has released in recent months.

In April, WhatsApp allowed users to call up to 32 people at a time, introduced reactions within chats, allowed users to share files up to 2 GB and allowed administrators to delete messages. I made it possible.

Then in June, the company announced that it would double the number of people who can join a group from 256 to 512.