WhatsApp beta for Android 2.21.25.17: what’s new?

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WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.21.25.17.
What’s new in this update? It brings hidden references about creating communities in a future update.

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Common questions Answers
Changelog about? Create Community
Status? Under development
Availability? WhatsApp is planning to release the possibility to create a community in a future update.
I’ve installed this update but I cannot create a community. Why? Since this feature is under development, it’s not available to beta testers right now, but you can discover a preview in this article.
Previous news? WhatsApp Messenger for iOS 2.21.240: what’s new?
CREATE COMMUNITY

In a previous update of WhatsApp beta for Android, we spotted some references about a new feature under development: Communities.
What’s a community? A Community will be a private place where group admins have more control over their WhatsApp groups. In this update, we found some evidence that WhatsApp is working on the ability to create a community for a future update:

As you can see in this screenshot, while creating a community, the creator can link some groups in the community. In fact, in our first story, we provided an example about what’s a community and its linked groups: a degree course can be considered a community, and all its teaching classes are groups linked to this community.

The community will help group admins to manage all linked groups better, and there is an advantage for group participants too: for example, people that join a community can see the content of all linked groups, but when a group is unlinked from the community, it won’t be available through the community anymore. In addition, when people leave the community, they cannot see those linked groups anymore.
Unfortunately, there is not a known release date of the feature. It must be said that it will surely take a lot of time before being released and many things may change before the activation.

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