WhatsApp just launched a community along with raising the limit for groups to 1024 members. However, because most users were unable to distinguish between the two capabilities, the community feature caused a great deal of confusion.
Users will be able to combine up to 20 WhatsApp groups to establish a community, according to a statement made by Meta, the company that owns WhatsApp, at the time the community function was introduced. The uncertainty around the function persists since Indians cannot use it.
You can add all WhatsApp groups to a community, and when you share a message, it will be seen by everyone there. Communities, such as neighbourhoods or workplaces, are built to incorporate several linked groups into larger groupings of individuals.
Communities helps to bring all connected groups together, connect with schools, neighbourhoods, camps, and more, and keeps everyone in the loop with the announcement group, whereas WhatsApp groups facilitate communication with friends and family by allowing all users to participate in a single conversation. In other words, a group is a gathering place for individuals, but a community is a collection of groups.
It is comparable to Slack or Discord with a WhatsApp twist such as end-to-end encrypted conversations and administrators may inform the whole community through an announcements channel.
Communities are now being made available to everyone after the firm conducted its initial testing in April. A handful of the new features that Meta is introducing might improve communication on a daily basis. The usage of the new in-chat polls might be advantageous for selecting a time for a meeting or a movie to watch.
Thus, WhatsApp groups enable users to connect with family and friends by allowing everyone to join a single conversation, whereas Communities enables the gathering of all related groups in a single location.