WhatsApp is set to double its max group chat size: up to 512 participants will soon be able to join chats
Having announced the feature a month earlier, WhatsApp is slated to roll out larger group sizes to beta channel users, with the feature soon arriving for all users. This update will allow WhatsApp users to create and join group chats with up to 512 users. This is double the previous limit of 256. It is definitely a far cry from Telegram's 200,000 user group chat cap. However, it's still enough to empower users to create and participate in wider, more public communities.
This isn't the first big change WhatsApp has received over the past few months. Back in March, WhatsApp voice notes received a major overhaul, adding in pause/resume functionality, voice note draft previews, and the ability to listen to voice notes when you're out of the chat. WhatsApp also upped its maximum file sharing size to 2GB, 20 times higher than before.
Since WhatsApp's purchase by Facebook in 2014, it has seen tighter integration with Facebook services and Messenger. While WhatsApp - Messenger cross-chat isn't currently on the books, it'll be interesting to see where things go in the years to come.
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