WhatsApp is going to bring tremendous features for its 2 billion i.e. 200 crore users. Meta’s instant messaging platform may soon bring the feature of chatting with third party apps to the users. After the arrival of this feature, one can chat in WhatsApp from any other chatting apps. According to the report, the company can roll out this feature by March under the pressure of the Digital Market Act (DMA) of the European Union.
Feature will be rolled out in March
WhatsApp’s engineering director Dick Brower said that the company is ready to offer interoperability for its 200 crore users. He said there is a real tension between offering this interoperability to third parties while preserving the privacy, security and integrity of WhatsApp. I think we’re pretty happy with where we’ve ended up.
However, it is not yet clear whether WhatsApp’s main rival Telegram will allow interoperability support with it or not. Apart from this, Meta is also preparing to bring support of other chatting apps along with its Facebook Messenger. According to the report, interoperability between WhatsApp and Messenger will currently be limited mainly to text messaging, sending images, voice messaging, video and file transfer. Calls and group chat will be added later.
There may be danger for users
WhatsApp’s engineering director further said that one of the main requirements here is for users to opt-in. Users should have the option to choose third-party message exchanges as they can be a major source of spam and scams. Users who opt for the third party messaging feature will see messages from any third party messaging platform on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp has been working on this feature for the last one year. Soon, users are going to get this feature. For not bringing this feature and violating the DMA of the European Union, the company will have to pay a fine of 10 percent of the total worldwide turnover. For repeated violation of rules, the company will have to pay 20 percent fine.
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