In an attempt to manage the spread of fake news and rumors that are alleged to have triggered a series of horrific lynching incidents, Whatsapp recently announced some new features in the app. These include:
These latest WhatsApp Updates came as part of Whatsapp’s motive to maintain the image of a ‘private messaging app’ – A simple, secure and reliable platform enabling communication with friends and family.
These new features are available on the latest supported version of Whatsapp on Android and IPhone devices.
Another Update launched by WhatsApp to stop the spread of fake news and rumors is:
The indicator feature inspects the link of the attachment and if it is found to contain suspicious characters that are considered unusual, it treats them as spam and notifies the user.
This feature is not currently available on iOS and Windows phone but is known to be rolled out in the future.
How to start a WhatsApp Group call?
In order to start a group call, first place a call to one of the contacts. After the call is received, you have a provision to add another participant by clicking on Add Person icon on the top right corner of the screen.
After the 3rd user receives the call, the names of the 2 participants will be displayed separated by a comma. You can add one more participant for a total of 4 members in a video or voice call.
This means when a user clicks on a YouTube link to open a YouTube video, they no longer will be redirected to YouTube app installed on the phone. Instead the video now pops up in a small bubble with a play/pause, full screen and close buttons within the App (WhatsApp). Users also have the provision to change the size of the video bubble or move it anywhere on the screen.
Even if the user switches the chat window, the video continues to play.
The YouTube bubble only appears for the person who receives the video. The senders of the video themselves cannot watch it within the app.
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