WhatsApp may be working on a Communities feature, The Verge reported on Saturday.
XDA Developers was the first to spot the possibility in October, but now WABetaInfo has come forward with similar findings.
The Communities feature appears to give group admins more power over groups, according to WABetaInfo.
It includes the ability to create groups within groups, which may be similar to how channels are arranged beneath an umbrella Discord community. Admins can invite new users via a Community Invite Link and then start messaging other members.
There are no specific details of how these chats might look right now, but WABetaInfo pointed out that they appear to be end-to-end encrypted.
Reports also believe that a subtle design change might help distinguish Communities from regular group chats. There’s no official statement on when Communities will be rolled out.
As WABetaInfo noted, community icons will be squares with rounded corners, a format that WhatsApp mistakenly enabled (and then quickly disabled) in October.
By working on a Communities feature, WhatsApp may be trying to close the widening gap between it and other messaging apps such as Telegram and Signal.