WhatsApp unveils feature to allow users create unnamed groups

Alex Omenye
Alex Omenye

WhatsApp unveiled on Wednesday a feature that allows users to create groups on the instant messaging service without having to give them names.

This is a change from the previous method, which required users to specify group names during formation.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted the update to his Facebook page and to Meta’s Instagram account. Even if users need to quickly start a group or have not yet chosen a topic, the feature will assist them in doing so.

The messaging service confirmed to TechCrunch that anonymous groups will be restricted to a maximum of six members, in contrast to a standard WhatsApp group, which can have up to 1,024 members. According to the company, these groups’ names will change based on the members who are added to them.

Each participant’s group name will display differently based on how they have their contacts saved on their phone. According to the app, if you join a group with members who haven’t saved their contacts, the group name will include your phone number. This suggests that the feature is most likely targeted at close friends and family members who already know each other.

Over the next few weeks, the company intends to internationally roll out the new group-centric functionality.

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