WhatsApp Introduces a major new feature worldwide, “Channels”. The messaging service writes about this in its blog.
Previously, tests were conducted in only 10 countries, now there are more than 150 countries. Channels is a function already available from the competitor cable a favour. There it is called “broadcasting”.
Other users do not see the channels you have subscribed to
Channels are separate from chats and group conversations. Channel owners or admins write messages, post videos and polls, or display photos, just like in a group chat. But you can only answer this with one Reaction emoji.
WhatsApp promises this Privacy In the channels. Contacts don’t see channels they’re subscribed to. Even subscribers of the same channel cannot see other subscribers.
Channel admins only see the subscriber’s profile photo next to the reaction emoji or poll. You will not see the phone number and profile name unless you register the user as Contacts saved to have.
Fears that WhatsApp will become like Telegram
Channels are for influencers, organizations, companies and celebrities. Currently, regular users cannot create their own channels, and according to WhatsApp, this will become possible later.
Many fear that WhatsApp will then take a similar direction to Telegram. The streaming function is often used there Fake news, conspiracy theories and inflammatory messages To post.
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How WhatsApp will address this is still unknown. It will be possible to have an automated keyword scanning and reporting system, like the one that parent company Meta also uses on Instagram.
Channels are currently being published. maybe Several weeks It will take some time for the channels to appear in the WhatsApp application on your smartphone.
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