WhatsApp Messenger beta for iOS 2.22.1.1: what’s new?

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WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the TestFlight beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.22.1.1.
What’s new in this update? This update brings hidden references about creating Communities for a future update.

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Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? Create Community
Status? Under development
Availability? WhatsApp is planning to release the ability to create a Community in a future update.
I’ve the same version but I don’t see this feature, why? Since this feature is under development, it’s not available to the public, but you can discover a preview in this article.
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CREATE COMMUNITY

What is a Community on WhatsApp? It is a private place where group admins have more control over some groups on WhatsApp, and group admins are able to link other groups in the Community.
Two weeks ago, we spotted hidden references about linking groups to a community in the WhatsApp beta for Android 2.21.25.17 update, and thanks to the new WhatsApp Messenger beta for iOS 2.22.1.1 update, the first update for the new year, we have discovered a similar process under development for a future update:

As you can see in this screenshot, a Community has a name and a description, exactly like a common group chat. After typing the name and the community description, the user will be able to choose to link up to 10 groups in the community.
In this screenshot, you can also see a new “Announcement” group: we didn’t create it but it seems WhatsApp will automatically create a new group where to post messages that may be automatically forwarded to linked groups.
In addition, we can confirm that, when users join a community, they won’t be able to view groups that have been unlinked from a group admin. In addition, when users leave a community, they won’t be able to view linked groups to the community anymore.
Note that the feature is under development, and there is no information about the release date to beta testers, unfortunately.

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