At the start of the pandemic, with bankers and traders trapped at home for months on end, employees at the country’s largest banks turned to WhatsApp and other outside messaging apps to stay connected. (PTI) News 

PTI Fact Check Joins WhatsApp to Combat Fake News on Broadcast

PTI Fact Check, the fact-checking division of the Press Trust of India (PTI), has established its own WhatsApp Channel to address the issue of fake news and misinformation circulating on social media. By joining this channel, WhatsApp users can remain informed about any false information that may arise on various platforms. The Meta-owned instant messaging platform launched a one-way sending tool in India and over 150 countries last week. PTI Fact Check’s WhatsApp channel provides access to more than 400 fact-checked stories, tips on spotting and checking misinformation and disinformation…

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Days after WhatsApp introduced the Channels feature, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday joined the WhatsApp Channels. (PTI) News 

PM Narendra Modi Joins WhatsApp, Expresses Excitement

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently joined the newly launched feature of the social media platform, allowing WhatsApp users to receive all his updates. Days after WhatsApp introduced the Channels feature, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday joined WhatsApp Channels. “I’m excited to join the WhatsApp community! It is yet another step closer to our journey of continuous interaction. Let’s keep in touch here! Here is a picture of the new Parliament House…” he said in his first message on WhatsApp channels. On September 13, Meta launched WhatsApp channels in…

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WhatsApp’s Business App is currently free, but offers some paid features. (REUTERS) News 

Meta to Launch WhatsApp Payment Feature in India

Meta Platforms Inc. is set to introduce its WhatsApp payment feature in India, enabling users to conveniently buy products and services from nearby businesses through chat. After the launch of the service in Brazil and Singapore, the change affects the market of more than 400 million WhatsApp users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the plan at an event in Mumbai on Wednesday. “I am excited to announce that we are bringing this service to India,” he said in prepared remarks. “This will make it even easier for people to pay Indian…

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WhatsApp has launched a number of key offerings for businesses that can give them a big boost in how they communicate. Mark Zuckerberg gave a virtual address during the launch event. (REUTERS) News 

Mark Zuckerberg Highlights India’s Pioneering Role in Messaging Adoption

During WhatsApp’s Conversations event in Mumbai on September 20, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivered a virtual speech. The purpose of the event was to introduce various features offered by WhatsApp Business, such as multiple payment options, customer experience flows, and Meta-verified businesses. In his speech, Zuckerberg praised India for its exemplary adoption of messaging as a more efficient means for individuals and businesses to accomplish tasks. “India is a country that is at the forefront of many of the things we’re going to talk about today. You’re leading the world…

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WhatsApp Business will get several new features that will aid in providing a better customer service experience. (WhatsApp) News 

Meta unveils updates for WhatsApp Business – Here’s what to expect

Meta Platforms has unveiled a range of fresh features for WhatsApp Business during the Conversations event in Mumbai. In recent years, WhatsApp has gained immense popularity, surpassing SMS as the preferred method of communication. Recognizing this trend, Meta has consistently introduced new features to retain users and prevent them from migrating to alternative apps. Additionally, WhatsApp Business has emerged as a valuable platform for businesses to grow their customer base, offering features tailored to enhance customer experience. Meta announced several new features for WhatsApp Business today at its discussion event.…

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Meta-owned WhatsApp has denied plans to bring ads on the platform but here's why we feel that the messaging app will sooner rather than later get ads. News 

Meta’s Introduction of Ads on WhatsApp Not Surprising: Reasons Explained

WhatsApp chief confused media reports that the platform is investigating ads for its users. The messaging app introduced the option to start conversations, making traditional text messages redundant and giving iPhone users the best alternative to iMessage and allowing them to chat with Android users. Facebook (now part of Meta) bought WhatsApp for $16 billion, according to official records, and most people were surprised to see such a hefty price tag for the messaging platform. Industry experts have since predicted that WhatsApp will eventually receive advertising, which other Meta-owned products…

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Beware of WhatsApp scams that offer to provide jobs and know how to stay safe online. (Pixabay) News 

5 Tips to Avoid Falling Victim to a WhatsApp Scam: Learn How to Stay Safe Online

A 33-year-old man residing in Koparkhairane, Navi Mumbai, experienced a distressing event as he became the target of a terrifying WhatsApp scam. Unfortunately, he fell victim to the fraudsters and lost an astonishing amount of Rs. 43.45 lakh. Initially, they lured him with promises of substantial earnings through online tasks, but it ultimately proved to be a heartless deception. The man’s troubles began when he received a WhatsApp message from unknown people offering him part-time work doing online tasks. The promise of making a lot of money made him jump,…

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WhatsApp will soon bring the ability to initiate group calls with up to 31 people. This update is currently rolling out to beta users, with wider availability expected in the coming weeks. News 

WhatsApp Offers Feature to Simultaneously Connect with up to 31 People in Group Calls

WhatsApp will soon bring the ability to start group calls for up to 31 people, WABetaInfo has reported. This update is currently rolling out to beta users, with wider availability expected in the coming weeks. This update is currently available for WhatsApp beta users who have installed Android version In addition to this 31-person group calling feature, WhatsApp is now also introducing a revised interface for the calls tab. “WhatsApp added some minor tweaks to the calls tab. Specifically, call links are no longer mentioned on this screen, which…

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WhatsApp is the most-popular messaging app in the market and its parent company seems to have explored the idea of bringing ads to the platform. News 

What Do We Know About WhatsApp’s Plan To Display Ads On Chat Screens?

WhatsApp is exploring bringing ads to the messaging app for users on their chat screens. The news caught everyone’s attention and understandably so. The Meta-owned chat app is reportedly flirting with the idea of running ads on the popular platform. Facebook (now part of Meta) had paid a whopping $13 billion to buy WhatsApp, which everyone at the time thought was far more valuable. But WhatsApp serves billions of users across the globe, and its daily active user base has grown exponentially, with more to come in the future. The…

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The screenshot shown in the report confirmed that the instant messaging app is crashing when replying to status updates, making it impossible for users to use this feature. News 

WhatsApp Releases Update to Resolve Status Reply Crashes: Here’s What You Need To Know

WhatsApp, the instant messaging app owned by Meta, has released a new bug fix update that fixes a crash when responding to status updates. According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is working to comply with new EU regulations by developing third-party chat support. Unfortunately, the WhatsApp beta for Android update also caused an issue with responding to status updates, and it seems the issue was widespread, according to the report. A screenshot seen in the report confirmed that the instant messaging app crashes when responding to status updates, making it impossible…

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The feature to allow users to switch to a different tab by using the swipe gesture may finally be available again after installing the latest WhatsApp beta for Android update from the Google Play Store. News 

WhatsApp Brings Back Popular Feature For Android Users

The popular instant messaging platform WhatsApp is reportedly introducing a feature that lets you switch between tabs again. With this interface, the Meta-owned app aims to better align the app with the latest Material Design 3 standards, providing users with the best modern interface. According to WABetaInfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp, the feature that allows users to switch to another tab with a swipe gesture may finally be available again after the latest WhatsApp beta for Android update is installed from the Google Play Store. “Previously, this feature…

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WhatsApp Channels can be found in a new tab called Updates - where you’ll find Status and channels you choose to follow. News 

India Introduces WhatsApp Channels Feature

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced the launch of WhatsApp channels in India and over 150 countries. According to the instant messaging app, WhatsApp Channels is a one-way broadcast tool that provides a private way to receive updates from individuals and organizations on WhatsApp. “Today we’re excited to open WhatsApp channels in India and over 150 countries and provide a private way to get updates that matter to you. We welcome thousands of organizations, sports teams, artists and thought leaders for people to follow,” the Meta-owned app wrote in a…

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Know all about the WhatsApp Channels feature. (Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook) News 

Indian Celebrities and Cricket Team Join WhatsApp Channels in India

In June, Instagram, owned by Meta, introduced a feature called Broadcast Channels. This feature allows users to join one-way groups consisting of celebrities, influencers, world leaders, and other notable personalities. By joining these groups, users can receive private updates from the individuals they follow. While users cannot respond, they can react to the messages. This feature provides a means for these individuals to communicate directly with their followers without feeling overwhelmed by the large number of people following them. Due to its popularity, the feature has now been added to…

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Even though it’s not mentioned in the official changelog on the App Store, the feature to quickly create new group chats is available after installing this update. News 

WhatsApp Introduces Ability to Create Groups When Forwarding Messages: Get the Details

To make its app more user-friendly, the popular Meta-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp is known to introduce a feature to create a new group chat while messaging. This new shortcut saves users time by allowing them to create groups when they encounter a message that motivates them to reach out to specific contacts in one place. “Although the official changelog does not contain information about what features this version offers, as WhatsApp did not update the changelog from the previous version, we noticed that WhatsApp is widely implementing a shortcut…

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WhatsApp third-party chat feature can allow users to interact with users from other platforms without needing to download WhatsApp. (Unsplash) News 

WhatsApp Testing New Cross-Platform Messaging Feature Called ‘Third-Party Chats’

WhatsApp is said to be introducing a new feature that goes against its original intentions. The European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) has been advocating for interoperability and cross-platform interaction to prevent monopolistic practices. Recently, the EU classified Meta’s messaging platform as a ‘gatekeeper’ and mandated compliance with new guidelines. Subsequently, WhatsApp has reportedly started developing a feature called ‘third-party chats’, allowing users to directly message individuals on other messaging apps. WhatsApp is testing cross-platform communication Ship-to-ship interaction is becoming a hot topic for governments and non-profit organizations as large…

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WhatsApp is working on third-party chat support to comply with new EU rules, allowing cross-platform communication. News 

WhatsApp to Enable Cross-Platform Messaging to Meet EU Regulations

WABetaInfo has reported that WhatsApp is working to bring the ability to receive texts from third-party apps to comply with new EU guidelines. According to the report, WhatsApp for Android version was found to include a new blank screen with the heading “third-party chats” – which could be a sign that Meta is working to bring WhatsApp’s cross-platform support up to EU standards. For the uninitiated, the European Union has now implemented the Digital Markets Act (DMA). This means that tech companies like Meta have to allow their users…

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The new calling interface is available to some beta testers who install the latest updates of WhatsApp beta for iOS from the TestFlight app. News 

WhatsApp Enhancing Calling Experience: Get the Details

WhatsApp, the instant messaging platform owned by Meta, is reportedly bringing improvements to the calling interface. These improvements not only provide more information on the screen, but also show that the Meta-owned app wants to make it easier for users to handle calls. “WhatsApp is working to better highlight the ability to quickly add new participants to a call without interrupting the current call. After installing the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS available on TestFlight, we noticed that WhatsApp is now rolling out improvements to the calling interface for…

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WhatsApp instant video messages feature has raised concern among users as it shares the same button as audio messages and many are facing an inconvenience in handling things. (Unsplash) News 

New Feature on WhatsApp Allows Users to Turn Off Instant Video Messages

WhatsApp has recently unveiled a new feature known as instant video messages, enabling users to effortlessly send brief video messages by simply tapping a button. This functionality closely resembles Telegram’s short video feature, streamlining the process of sending video messages with a single press. Nevertheless, certain users have expressed worries as this feature shares the same button as audio messages. In response, WhatsApp is currently working on incorporating a choice for users to deactivate Instant Video Messages in an upcoming update. What went wrong with instant video messaging? New toggle…

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Communities is a feature that allows users to bring together separate groups under one umbrella known as a community. News 

WhatsApp Introducing Group Chat Feature for Communities

WhatsApp update: The popular instant messaging platform WhatsApp, owned by Meta, is reportedly introducing a general group chat for communities. Communities is a feature that allows users to bring together separate groups under a single umbrella known as a community. “Thanks to the latest WhatsApp beta for Android update available on the Google Play Store, we discovered that WhatsApp is exploring new ways to improve communication between community members by introducing a public group chat feature,” WABetaInfo reported. A screenshot shared by WABetaInfo revealed a new group for communities…

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With this shortcut, the instant messaging app is making it easier for users to select photos and videos from their app gallery. News 

WhatsApp Introducing Functionality to Easily Share High-Resolution Photos and Videos

WhatsApp, the instant messaging platform owned by Meta, is reportedly introducing a feature that allows you to quickly send original quality photos and videos. The purpose of the feature is to make it easier for users to share media in original quality without wasting time navigating through multiple menus or folders. “The feature was developed in previous updates, but thanks to the latest WhatsApp beta for Android update available from the Google Play Store, we found that WhatsApp is now enabling the ability to quickly share original quality images…

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