The news: WhatsApp has announced Communities, the next significant evolution of its platform. The feature is meant to allow users to organize and integrate existing group chats into a larger collective.
Compare and contrast: The feature may draw parallels to Facebook Groups, the more private community on Facebook which now has 1.8 billion monthly members, per recent public data (both WhatsApp and Facebook are owned by Meta).
Why it matters: Telegram has been in the news lately due to its prominence as a communications tool during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The fact that the Communities announcement touted WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption is likely a swipe against Telegram, which does not offer that encryption by default.
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