is looking toward the power of messaging to connect users in a more personal way.

Meta today introduced its plans for a significant update to its WhatsApp messaging app

It will allow users to now not only connect privately with friends and family, as before, but also participate in larger discussion groups, called Communities.

These groups aim to serve as a more feature-rich replacement for people’s larger group chats

It Has added support for tools like file sharing, 32-person group calls and emoji reactions, as well as admin tools and moderation controls, among other things.

The feature has been under development for some time as the next big iteration for the WhatsApp platform

In particular, Communities could present a challenge to other messaging apps like Telegram,Signal.