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WhatsApp’s new feature lets you plan your next event

Illustration: The Verge

WhatsApp is adding a new way to plan and organize events in group messages, making it easier for friends and organizations like schools and neighborhoods to set up virtual and in-person meetings.

The new events feature lets members of a group set up birthday parties, work meetings, and more, similar to various e-vite services that send out invitations via email. New WhatsApp events get pinned to a group’s information page and also get their own group chat thread so everyone can see who is down, hear out inevitable excuses for those who can’t make it, and confirm who is bringing cookies.

WhatsApp is additionally adding the ability to reply to “Announcement Groups” so members can add comments and feedback for the admin. It…

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